Whenever I talk about US and its fabled opportunities, I do so with lots of authority since I spent 3 years there(between age 9-11) and, once again, I did 3 years in college when I was undertaking my 3rd degree in Texas.
What baffled me during my study is the sheer number of opportunities that exist in the country. From my extensive travel across the country, I discovered that there are millions of unexploited opportunities that can literally make one a $ millionaire with reasonable effort. For example, in my college years, we formed a business partnership with a US citizen and at one time, I was making close to $10,000 net per month. Needless to say, I lived like a queen and carted away substantial amount of my income to my home country where I invested in hotel business. Today, I know of a guy(a former classmate) in Spain who operates 4 websites that offer software service to US citizens INSIDE US. Last time I talked to him, he was raking > $25,000 per month(net). He puts about 15 hours per week and pays US taxes as he has a day job.
What then surprises and irritates me is this: why would an educated person that RESIDES in US opt to help students cheat the system when there are so many opportunities that one can exploit there?. Don't tell me ' I love writing ....blah, blah .................. Yeah, if you have EXCEPTIONAL writing skills, you would make a fortune without resulting to unethical business so if you plan to fix me on this, stfu.
I can only conclude the following:
a) if you are a US national who engages in 'academic' writing, you are incompetent in the first place to be a writer; otherwise you would rake much much much more as a, say, copywriter or something.
b) if you are a US national who engages in helping students cheat, then something must be wrong with your personal character- either, you lack the skills and the personality necessary to steer you up the corporate ladder or you are simply a wimp who has to hide behind a screen to earn a living. There are no two ways about it.
You may ask me: what about the ESL writers?........without wanting to sound like I am defending them, I assume these are young men and women who lack opportunities in their home countries and have to resort to any avenue to earn a living. BUT I MUST quickly state that I don't endorse what they engage in.
I HATE any American who CANNOT see the extent and magnitude of the opportunities in his/her country. But I don't blame them either; the US media has fed these people with garbage like the color of Angelina Jolie's underwear and at the end, you have lazy and docile Americans who have sold their countries(to the Chinese and co) for a pittance. It is not surprising that the Americans who patronize this forum can only boast of their linguistic 'skills' but no any technical knowledge. They can only excel in level 1 arts.
No wonder, MADE IN CHINA is more common in New York than even in China.
Good points to think about..................................