Read this article recently: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/in-climbing-income-ladder-location-matters.html?_r=1& The Title and Subtitle: In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston. Seems obvious, but it was an interesting read. What do you guys think? America has, in the past, prided itself in being "a land of opportunity." Does this still ring true to you? Do you feel like we are too hard on people who can't seem to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" or are we too generous to these people with welfare, etc.? Was George Carlin correct in stating: "It is called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it!" Any observations on this general subject?