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In a recent post by the LA Times, writer Andrea Roberson revealed a severe lack of Californians working on farms as field hands. I believe that the root of this problem lies in two areas: the feeling of entitlement of Americans and our welfare system.

The main issue is the fact that Americans believe that they are worth more than manual labor on a dirty farm. Our youth, especially those who went through college, believe that they have worked too hard to “stoop that low.” Even as their bills pile on and their credit score plummets, they refuse to do some hard, unskilled labor while they search for a job in the field they desire. They can also rely on our government’s handouts to keep themselves afloat, sometimes even receiving more money than they would from a job.


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