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If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well.

D. P. Lubic

This is from a year-end summary of transit news in California; it's near the bottom.

http://metroriderla.com/2011/01/01/2011-the-year-in-transit/

It was originally brought to my attention here; scroll down to response No. 13 to see where I went to it originally.

http://www.cahsrblog.com/2011/04/ok-maybe-hsr-did-get-screwed-even-worse-than-we-thought/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ok-maybe-hsr-did-get-screwed-even-worse-than-we-thought

Hope this is of some help.

William Draves

OK, D.P, who is the speaker and when/where was the speech?

John and Carmen

John and I don't think you should give up your day job, Bill. We doubt the NCAA is going to come calling.

D. P. Lubic

Another fellow, out in California, has an even stronger opinion, expressed as a commencement speech.

“Ladies and gentlemen, tomorrow you will not wear caps and gowns and your degrees will hang proudly on a wall. You have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and a fountain of idealism. You are the future.
The present looks bleak. If you want tomorrow to look much better than today, I have one word of advice for you. It is literally one word.

Run.

It’s simple. It can’t be misunderstood, not even by the lowest information life form. It’s effective. It is your only hope.

You perhaps heard the patriotic slogan, ‘America: Love It or Leave It.’ For your generation, Leave It is every previous generation’s last, best and final offer for you.

If you Love It, you can still Love It from afar. Cultures throughout the world and throughout history have shown they can abandon their homelands with a heavy heart, yet still find peace and/or prosperity in a new homeland while paying tribute to friends, family and culture from many miles, borders, time zones, mountain ranges and bodies of water separating the worlds.

America was for much of its history a destination country. For your generation, you will see this nation of immigrants become a nation of emigrants.

If you Leave It, you can be endowed with all the assets the United States of America has provided for you but little of its liabilities. You’ll have an education, you’ll have some idea of how not to be culturally obtuse in a land not your own, and you’ll have dollars. Especially dollars. Shockingly, our decaying currency can still go a long way in many parts of the world, despite all what you may have read.

In your case, you can disregard the “all what you may have read” part.

If you Love It, more power to you. It shows you have character, self-discipline and vision. That’s exactly what America needs for the future.

Character, self-discipline and vision is also what will atrophy and fester if you stick around for too long.

You, the future, won’t have an outlet for your virtues to grow. It’s because your forebears have salted the earth through cupidity and stupidity.

If you Love It here, remember you are inheriting trillions of dollars in debts. We’re still arguing over who spent it and what it was spent on, since we’ve lost the ability to discern truth. The consensus answer is that the money was taken by people we don’t like because they don’t look or think like us.

If you Love It here, remember you are inheriting trillions more in a built environment mired in decrepitude. Should you take on this burden, you will get a real-world lesson in diminishing returns. You will pay a lot more than previous generations, the workmanship will be crappier, and you will have exhausted money and energy all to stay in place.

If you Love It here, know that you are walking into this world with an invisible liability previous generations have stashed in a back pocket of your brain. It is the burden of self-esteem. All your lives, you’ve been told you are special. If you played a team sport, you were guaranteed a trophy just for participating. You’ve learned to gracefully navigate life tiptoeing through broken eggshells. You don’t know the meaning of the word “downside” – or about 99% of the other words in a dictionary, for that matter.
You’re told if you put your mind to something, you can go anywhere – but you don’t know how to read a map. You know there is no addition, multiplication, subtraction or division: If you add 2 and 2 and come up with 3, the answer is correct if you just tried. You can write an essay completely lacking in grammar, correct spelling or even real words – after all, people can read text messages and still understand what the hell the jumble of words, numbers and characters means. The important thing is, you’re understood, and that’s good enough.

If you Love It here, you’re only going to enjoy this world for a few more years – if you’re lucky. A few more months, or dare I say, a few more weeks, is more realistic.

If you Leave It, you can see at least two whole continents where the average citizen is smarter, healthier and happier overall than the average American. You can see six continents where the average worker works harder than the average American. And no matter where you go, you’ll see that the average machine can do faster and more accurate work than the average worker.

More importantly, if you Leave It, you can preserve your character, self-discipline and vision in an environment where it can be nurtured and put in safe-keeping. Americans abroad can re-create the economic and cultural quickening that used to make America great. Plus, your character, self-discipline and vision will come in handy when you come back and have the leverage to swoop into a benighted nation and seize your place as the new aristocracy.

Be glad you’re in the land of the free, where you are free to take your passport and work visa and find the opportunity that was pissed away by people born before you.

So today, I wish you the best, and I ask you to make an orderly approach to the exits if you run.”

D. P. Lubic

An important question--will the college-educated be allowed to fulfill their dreams, their promise, or will their opportunities be denied to them?

http://www.midwesthsr.org/when-governors-attack-are-anti-train-states-driving-their-best-and-brightest-away

This seems to be a national issue:

http://www.cahsrblog.com/2011/04/ok-maybe-hsr-did-get-screwed-even-worse-than-we-thought/#comment-107766

Will we ultimately wind up chasing our youngest, best, and brightest not only out of Wisconsin, but out of the United States?

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