America: Land of mediocrity

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

If you feel you are underpaid for the job you perform, find a new job or better yet start your own business. That’s the spirit this country was built on and it’s exactly the same in all walks of life and in all organizations large and small. But if you lack confidence in your abilities or aren’t interested in the highly competitive world we live in today, but want the same pay as someone similarly employed, this legislation is just one more anchor around the neck of this country’s economic engine. Fending off lawsuits and seeking fairness will stall progress and cause one simple solution — pay everyone the same rate of pay. Once that happens why should anyone compete when we will all be treated the same regardless of output?

Parent and teacher advocates have been warning us for years to let our children learn failure at a young age when the stakes are smaller and can be overcome. Legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act will only perpetuate what kids are experiencing in many facets of their lives where everyone wins regardless of effort. High standards and excellence are only borne out of hard work and a steadfast desire to be the very best.

Yes, “luck” plays a role, but people who are driven find ways to overcome those obstacles. Accepting anything less than your very best puts us on a path to mediocrity and as any athlete will tell you; to compete is an honor but to win is a thrill unlike any other. Just Ask the Raven’s or better yet ask the 49’ers about their motivation for next year. True champions build on adversity.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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