Published: Monday, Dec. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
I wonder what it was like for my ancestors here in the U.S. My small house would
seem like a rich house to them. I have running water, flushing toilets, air
conditioning, central heating, a refrigerator, etc.... I must seem extremely
rich to them. Instead of being jealous of the really rich, perhaps we should
count the blessings we do have. If these 'rich' people have earned
their money justly, then I am happy for them. Even though you may be rich, this
doesn't necessarily make you happy.
If the American dream is still alive for 20% of us, that means Obama has only
gotten his hands on 80% of us.
I don't think the American dream is being "rich" for a couple of
I think it is fair to say that the headline editor for this article is a
"glass half (or 20%) full person.
@Laura Ann--you're right, but it doesn't mean you permit corruption to
roll over you.Paying taxes are a cheap price for living in the
greatest country ever, but no excuse for allowing our citizens to be scammed.To allow this, would lead to the same poverty which has cursed mankind
for thousands of years.We've got to quit recycling the same
corrupt politicians, and get some new blood, or the American dream will be
If rich is making 250K one time in your life that is a pretty low bar to be
wealthy. Most of the worlds population has been in Poverty. Of the
billions of humankind perhaps 90% have lived in poverty. Then a nation like the
USA is born and most of the population doesn't live in poverty. With free
market capitalism great wealth is created. But no we must knock those dirty
greedy wealthy people down, so that we can be like Africa, India and China in
poverty. If you look at Europe you can see the future USA. Where 2/3 received
some sort of gov't subsistence and the truly powerful billionaires run the
world. They don't want any competition.
The American dream is not dead in this country! What's dead is hard work,
discipline, and common sense.
The American dream is alive and well. However, it takes very hard work and some
risk taking. Most of the millionaires I know grew up poor. They worked hard,
saved their money and invested it in their businesses rather than living a
lavish lifestyle. Now they can enjoy the fruits of their labor.I
also see people who I know have relatively small salaries who have the latest
clothes and gadgets. I once worked for a company where the secretaries all
drove nicer cars than the executives they worked for. Likewise, I have a friend
who is studying engineering. He spends 10 hours a day on school. Saturdays are
spent catching up on assignments, not partying. His friends who are studying
political science are done with class by noon and have the weekends to have a
good time. Of course, many of those who are partying will complain when he
starts a job at $75,000 and is earning over six figures in a few years. If he
saves diligently and avoids buying a new car and a big house, he will be one of
the 20%. We all make our choices.
Aunt Lucy, It now takes college educations and two high pressure, long hour jobs
per household to keep up with the Joneses. Before you get to that point you have
to actually go to college while working and racking up debt. And soft degrees
won't get you any money anymore so please graduate High School proficient
in AP calculus, chemistry and physics.I long for those good 'ol
days of yours where a person could graduate High School, work 30 years at the
same stable, 40 hr a week job and then retire on a pension while complaining
about the lack of sense and work ethics of the younger generations. If you call that lazy and lacking sense then you must be a former Fulbright
Scholar working 80 hours a week and not the retired "Lucy" named person
born in the 50's I think you are. Enjoy sitting around all day watching
There is no other country in the world like the United States of America.
Despite the challenges from the economy and certain imbeciles in the Washington
DC, the forefathers established a fertile land of opportunity. The window for
opportunity is so huge, many of us can't see it. In case you think I am in
the 20%, I am not. I am unemployed. I have been unemployed for the past 3 years.
Yes, I have a graduate degree in healthcare administration and worked in the
health care field for many years. It is my choice to seek jobs in certain fields
not any job. Therefore, I deserve to be unemployed. What a great country! No, I
am not on public dough or assistance from my church. Now, I am going back to
Salt Lake Community College to learn new skills. I see that as one of those
opportunities provided by this country. If you work smart and hard, you deserve
all the successes coming to you. If you are like me, you deserve to be
unemployed too. Who do I blame? Myself! As an immigrant, what a great country!
What do you mean.....I can't have the American dream! Obama promised me
Obamacare and a Obamphone and he delivered and I haven't worked a day in
five years......not exactly $250k per year, but close enough if you are a
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