I look through this thread and the people and their opinions and this is what I see.
Bruce cad designer, no real extended education(associates degree maybe? dunno), apparently poor in his mind and constantly getting fucked by "The Man", thinks the haves that worked hard to get their stuff should give it to the have nots because, "its the right thing to do"
Stan no extended education(that I know of), hard worker, does pretty well for himself, thinks you get what you work for.
Jim no extended education, smart guy, does quite well for himself, thinks you get what you work for.
Kerry came from a less than stellar situation, went to college, got a degree, got a shit job, worked hard, turned shit job into a very good job. Knows you get what you work for.
Chad college education, came on rough times, cut back, on the rebound, obviously going the right way because of his drive to do better for himself and his son.
Myself I came from a family where the combined income was less weekly than I make before lunch(no I don't make a ton, we were just that poor). I was told to work hard, go to school, get an education, and have what you want. I worked hard, went to school, got that education, got a good job. Didn't give up and only blame myself when things don't go my way.
I believe in this world you can still get ahead with hard work and dedication. The only thing holding people back is laziness and the assistance they already get for being mediocre at life.