I just read family letters where my ancestors wrote about the American Dream as
they were living it, with it's highs and lows and "if at first you
don't succeed, try, try again". And I say the Dream is alive and
possible, because I am living it. I've learned through their legacy, you
gotta keep on walking and hold to the iron rod, going forward in faith and
enduring in joy. And after you are rescued, you must remember your blessings,
even in the Martin's Cove of 2012. Because, Life is both
floating on top of the water and sinking beneath the terrifying waves as
God's Wind blows you towards the Promised Land. It's about staying in
the boat, not selling your soul for pottage by government. Its about preserving
and exercising individual liberty, not enforcing the elitist's collective
good. This Pioneer Day go study the lives of your ancestors, and
learn how to keep the American Dream Alive. Study the Constitution and Bill of
Rights - learn how they applied the principles of agency, justice, equality and
doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Choose Freedom and Dream.
Patriot,So corporations are making record profits during a
recession, and they are afraid to hire anyone because they might have to provide
them insurance? I think if you were honest you would admit that blaming Obama
care for not hiring is a smoke screen as these corporations move more and more
jobs off sure because they don't have to pay a living wage in China and
Indonesia and many other countries. Now if you are an advocate of doing away
with minimum wage and the 40 hour work week and allowing companies to hire
people for a couple of bucks an hour and not pay overtime, and not provide safe
working conditions and any benefits whatsoever, then you are right, Obama care
is killing the country.
@patriotI agree with much of what you are saying, but I submit it
matters not who is in office (Obama or otherwise). The 'American
Dream' to me pertains to more than just its' description here. Do
people of all walks of life really have the realistic chance at a stable
financial existence under our current application of capitalism?
Sure,the American dream is easy enough. Be born rich, go to the best schools to
make connections with venture capital when you are 25. You then hire people that
actually know what they are doing.
Can the American Dream be a reality anymore? Answer is yes, but not a realistic
yes. Hard work and faith in a dream aren't enough. Luck is in play. And
when I say luck, I mean the kind that goes the way of the lottery. Winning the
lottery can happen but it's not realistic, you know, like the American
re:RedShirt"The bigger question is what has Obama done to make
businesses less fettered by regulation?"Well Barack has given us
Obamacare - initially set to cost 800 billion and now it's 2.1 trillion and
climbing. Remember if you are a business owner you MUST pay for the cost of
implementing this beast or have the IRS agents beating at your door. But hey -
I'm just certain this will have minimal impact on business hiring and
expansion.Right ?? Heck if I know I am going to get whacked with all these taxes
and regulations starting next year I am just certain to want to ramp up and hire
more employees - at least that is what Barack is preaching. The sad thing is
most of his clueless disciples actually believe him.
American dream ? Home ownership - freedom to make as much money as your ambition
takes you? Well let's see here....1. If you have a business -
you didn't build it. You are obligated to pay the government more taxes
since all success comes from Uncle Sam and not our own genius and hard work. 2. Wealth redistribution - after you make so much money then the government
will redistribute what it deems as necessary...Europe pays as high as 75%
taxes... Insanity!! 3. Entitlement explosion - who cares how we can
possible pay for it. Just borrow and spend baby!! 4. 16 trillion in debt
and climbing - every trillion more we borrow we forfeit more of our freedom to
China. 5. Obamacare was estimated to cost US tax payers 800 billion - now
it's up to 2.1 trillion and climbing.... And yes liberals it is a TAX
according to the Supreme Court. and the beat goes on and on and
on....so - from a purely economic and business standpoint - using
common sense - the answer is the American Dream is DEAD if Obama get's 4
more years. "What - me worry??" (Alfred E Newman)
As I see it, society; with the help and encouragement of our leaders, has become
a self serving conglomeration. It's difficult to achieve the American
Dream when so many are convinced that we are all free to make choices, but are
exempt from any and all consequences. If someone gets injured or is insulted -
the first response, it seems, is to contact an attorney. The moment that
happens, the costs begin to rise and the momentum for life is put on hold.We have got to get back to a philosophy where everyone believes in
working for what they get, believes that sometimes things go wrong and that is
just life and we work through it, and finally, where people have respect for
each other and move beyond the idea that it is okay in any way shape or form to
take more than what we deserve just because we can. Employees have a
responsibility to work according to the contract of their labor by putting in an
honest days work for their wages And employers have an obligation to pay a fair
wage without giving their employees the shaft for a healthier bottom line.
To "Ernest T. Bass" lets see. Obama has increased the number of
regulations on businesses. Plus, thanks to the healthcare act, an individual
who wants to start a business can't do so without having to take on the
added expense of providing health insurance for himself and his employees.Obama's policies are constantly changing, and are well documented
at choosing winners to give loans to.The bigger question is what has
Obama done to make businesses less fettered by regulation?
This article and many of the posters have missed the real engine of American
opportunity. Thank you HowToRaiseaMillionaire for nailing it: it's
entrepreneurialism! Not once does the article mention that the real path to
financial security in this country is starting your own business. If you look
carefully at America's wealthiest individuals you will find nearly all of
them did it by starting their own business. The real shortcoming in our current
culture is the failure of the American educational system to teach that fact,
and then prepare students to be successful entrepreneurs.Our
educational system is a relic of the industrial revolution, where, in order to
fill factories with workers it was necessary to preach the merits of
"getting a job", working faithfully for the same company for one's
entire career, then that company would take care of you in retirement. It's
the 40/40/40 plan: work 40 hours a week for 40 years then retire on 40% of your
salary.That was never the path to wealth, but we're now to the
point where it's a dubious path to even financial security in the here and
now OR in retirement.
@Riverton Coog:What has President Obama done to prevent people from
achieving the American dream?Name one thing. He hasn't raised
anyone's taxes. He hasn't made it more difficult to start a business.
His portion of the deficit is a fraction of what repubs have given us.One
final question: How would things be different if McCain was elected? He would
have done the exact same things Obama has done.
It is interesting that if you frame the question as one of increasing
opportunity, this issue loses its partisanship. Opportunity Nation has people
from the left, right and middle supporting it.If you cast it as an
issue about just helping those in poverty, it changes things and makes it more
partisan.Creating opportunity is hard to argue against.
Nice Article Michael. I think it shows us the need to teach our kids an
entrepreneurial spirit. We parents spend less and less time with our kids as we
shuttle them off to sports, tutoring, music lesson, homework clubs and the like.
Not that any of those are bad, but they won't make a balanced kid. We
parents make a balanced kid. We need to teach our kids to be business people and
entrepreneurs and in the process teach them how to give back. This is what makes
a well rounded child and a well rounded society. :-)
Interesting how an apolitical article on a contemporary American issue such as
this immediately gets used as a jump-off point for shallow partisan sniping.
I'm looking at you, Riverton Cougar & DN Subscriber. Lob a vague
unfounded insult, and walk away as if something was accomplished.Actually, it's not interesting. It's dull. And rote. And lazy. Interesting article, Deseret News, thank you. I'm sorry it's
about to be inundated by partisan finger pointing.
The point of this article was not whether the American dream is possible,
because it still is and always will be. The question is how many people have a
realistic chance of living the American dream, and that number becomes lower and
lower every day. DN Subscriber you list several things that are important to
living "the dream" and those certainly attributes certainly increase
your chances of success. But you fail to list the roadblocks put up today
(other than the "liberal 'welfare plantation'"). You fail to
mention things like low wages and lack of affordable health care. Republicans
don't want to talk about the export of quality jobs to other countries, the
types of jobs that were key to helping people in this country live the
"American Dream". These jobs are now being done by people in India and
China for a dime on the dollar. Opportunities are dwindling, jobs that pay a
living wage are fewer and farther in between. The American dream is not dead,
but it is less accessible and harder to obtain.
I have heard different on CEO compensation. Some are high as 400 percent more
than rank and file workers. It was not always that way. Middle class wages are
stagnant. That is part of the problem. Our society does not value education as
it once did. Teachers are paid poverty wages, overworked and teach in crowded
classrooms. The few at the top are doing well. The rest struggle. Another
problem is society does not value marriage as it once did. It is a proven fact
that married couples do better economically. This country has lost it's
sense of optimism. To many are buried in debt, especially student loans. I
don't have all the answers. We need new leadership. Leaders who will put
the common good above partisan politics. That is a whole different issue.
Question: Can the American Dream still become a reality today?Not unless
government builds bridges, roads anf takes cae of you. Wait, who paid for the
roads? Oh ueah, the taxpayer.In obamas way of thinking, it takes a
village, to raise an idiot, to a greater or lesser degree.....o to go in 5
The success stories of the many people who rise from poverty are proof that
upward mobility and the American Dream are still possible.Saratoga
Springs Mayor and congressional Candidate Mia Love is a good example. So is
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, along with the examples in the story.
However, many of those who fail to rise do so by their own choices.
They find it easier to subsist on the liberal "welfare plantation" where
basic needs are met with no expectation of effort on their part. Education is
denigrated, and work is scoffed at as "not paying enough" or "too
hard." Those are cultural values which will keep people holding them in
poverty forever. The keys to success are clear: Don't use
illegal drugs. Get an education and graduate from school. Get a job, any job,
and work your way up with more skills and proven experience. Don't have
children until you are married and can support them. People who choose to help
themselves by following these guidelines deserve our support and encouragement.
And, they will lift themselves by their own actions and merits, not because
someone lowered the standards and expected less of them.
Great article. to: Chris from Rose ParkCongrats. It's
nice you remember those that supported you and encouraged you along the way.
It would be nice if every child had that kind of support. It
takes a village, to a greater or lesser degree..
Thank you for the wonderful article. I believe in the American dream because I
have lived it. I grew up in the bottom rung and now, after college I have a
decent job halfway through the fourth rung. I thank my supporters that I had
growing up. My family expectations were always high and community support was
great. I believe the American dream can thrive as communities work to teach
children to work hard, to learn from mistakes, to have high expectations, and to
get the best education possible.Looking back, I'm thankful for
what I've learned in my past. I had to have a job to have money for myself
as a teenager. I had to empty my savings to pay for dental care after my
mission. I got a kick in the butt by my now employer saying they wanted me but
I had to raise my GPA to their minimum standard. I could not have done it
without the emotional and mental support from others. The best part of being
American is now to be in a position to give support to others during their tough
Question: Can the American Dream still become a reality today?Answer: Not while Barack Obama is president.