It is a bit hard to pull oneself up by the bootstraps when the system is becoming more and more rigged against the masses. This is especially so where the a primary goal of the hegemony of the power-elite is to overwhelm society with so much despair so as to cause the common person to substantially lower perception of just what constitutes the “American Dream.”
Corporations routinely stash hundreds of billions annually in offshore accounts, supposedly until such time as such monies need to be repatriated, which avoids taxation, dividend payouts and increased pay for rank-and-file workers.
Corporations are notorious for paying obscenely inflated salaries, bonuses and stock options to top corporate executives.
In general, all levels of government fail to provide for well-rounded K-12 education and affordable programs for college education; instead, to serve the economy, the certain industries overly relies upon the importation of both unskilled labor as well as graduate-level tech workers; it depresses the wages and salaries at both ends of the spectrum.