In the first essay I read, Blue Collar Brilliance, by Mike Rose, the author speaks in depth about work ethic as well as the amount of intelligence different types of jobs take. He gives good examples and seems very credible because everything that he talks about has happened to him and his family and he was able to witness all of this with his own two eyes. He speaks about how he watched his mother work through her job in a diner and how he would watch the cooks and waitresses as well as listen to their conversations and observe their work patterns and how they get things done. I think Mike Rose is trying to make the point that some jobs, although they may be considered in the lower class, take a certain amount of knowledge and skill that most people have to pick up themselves through hard work rather than high school or even college educations. In the second article that I read, “Why the Rich are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer” By Robert Reich, he explains how some work fields are declining faster than others right now because of the growing amount of competition out there caused by the more and more people that are entering the field. Robert Reich explains how blue collar job holders stand no chance any longer and how white collar jobs are now soaring through the roof. He explains very well how the rich are prospering while the poorer, lower class people are still struggling and how that struggle is likely not going to get better. Both articles were very good reads and I enjoyed both, however I agree with, “Why the Rich are getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer” by Robert Reich slightly more than “Blue Collar Brilliance” as written by Mike Rose.