Yeah its not just kids- its also the parents who were lazy good for nothings as kids. Coupled with the rise in teenage pregnacies and both parents working, plus with kids getting easy access to images of violence and horrific sexual acts and immediate gratification- whats to stop anyone when you can get what you want, when you want at anytime you wish? Granted the actual factors are varied and plenty. Plus socioeconomics and enviroment play big factors. Anyone can overcome these challenges but when there is no reason or reward in doing so, why would you walk the straight path? I envision it won't be long before there is a class war in this country when the have nots have nothing, when we get so tired of that small percentage that controls most of this countrys wealth. When college gets to such a astronomical rate that its unattainable to get a degree. When domestic businesses hire more foreign labor then domestic labor. When all there is left is service jobs. When the sick and dying out number the living. Granted this is a scenario hopefully down the road... but it is a possibilty that is plausible. The American Dream is quickly becoming just that--- a dream a unattainable dream. I don't imagine there is any quick fix, no problem when it gets so huge can be easily fixed and some problems you can throw all the money in the world at it, but if you are not doing the right thing to fix it- you won't fix it. People seem to think if you stop spending money on NASA and other things that 'have no useful societal purposes' you can better spend that money on societal problems, but when you don't know the full extent of the problem or have a clear concise way to solve it, then no matter how much you spend, you won't solve the problem, furthermore some problems cannot be solved, atleast not now or perhaps not ever. I guess all anyone can do, and have done for generations is pray that current mores and geopolitical dilemnas pass peacefully into the hereafter and not continue into the everafter.