Hi, I've been having a simply marvelous time this Wknd at P-town--I haven't had this much fun since Rehoboth in 1989 and seeing the fabulous musical "Saving Ryan's Privates"--and got to wondering: Where are all the surly, lazy, mathematically challenged local teenagers? Much of the wonderful behind-the-counter help seems to come from Central or Eastern Europe. Delicious-looking Romanians...yummy! I'm not complaining, just wondering why that is. And as I consider myself roving reporter at large for Patsfans.com, the answer that keeps coming back to me is--work ethic. American teenagers don't seem to have much of it. That also is the conclusion from an Atlantic piece, From Serbia to Cape Cod, written by a prominent young gay journalist from Mass, James Kirchick (and I think the source for the hit piece against Ron Paul several years ago that received prominent play here): How have American teenagers gotten lazy compared to internationals? Is it we've become too lazy, all of us, thanks in part to our own success (wealth) and the ability to survive by not working (the welfare state)? Rhetorical question. People start families without having the demonstrated ability to work even a year at McDonald's. What kind of lessons are they passing on to their children when they themselves are having the gubmit financially help them? It seems the mind set in other countries is gratitude for having work and personal responsibility for one's actions...exactly the mind set that got us our wealth in the first place. It seems, like the book I read a long time ago by Daniel Bell, The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, that capitalism sows the seeds for its own destruction. The paradox is that by its success capitalism teaches people values that undermines the continuance of the system.