Originally posted on nebraskaenergyobserver:
If there is one thing lacking recently that underlies all of our problems it is a lack of personal responsibility. It goes hand in hand with the entitlement society of course. If we choose to have a society where the individual needs to have no more responsibility than a five-year old, why would we be surprised when a large proportion of the population takes advantage of it. After all we raised them to do the easier wrong rather than the harder right. That’s what teaching them that everybody deserves a ribbon is. Everybody doesn’t, the winner does.
I could say much the same thing about grading on the curve. What you get is the least bad getting the 4.0. It’s like running away from the bear, you don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than somebody else. That works for hungry bears but, it’s not a recipe for excellence.
And so we get to Joe Soptic. He worked for a company that was failing but, Bain Capital saw something that made them think they could save it. I’m guessing from its location that it was a union shop and the union wouldn’t negotiate but, I don’t know that, doesn’t matter anyway. For three years Bain kept it open, trying to make it profitable, for whatever reason they couldn’t, so they closed it, like a responsible business, not to do so would endanger the rest of the company. So Mr. Soptic was out of work, it happens to us all at some point.