By Published: September 21, 2012

For all of the conversation this week about Mitt Romney’s views on federal income taxes and personal responsibility, his insistence that “I have inherited nothing” may be the most thought-provoking.  Ron Lieber writes the Your Money column, which appears in The Times on Saturdays.

His comment, which was among those he made in the video of a fund-raiser that Mother Jones magazine posted Monday, has inspired a few skeptical reactions, given his privileged background. But leaving the breadth of his advantages aside, the comment speaks to an often unspoken distinction among families that can determine who gets ahead, who gets along and who merely scrapes by.

Some parents help their adult children financially, while others cannot or do not. 


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