Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 9:50 a.m. MDT
The problem is this -- America has transformed into everything the
Old World Aristocrats had...A tiny, very wealthy, 1%, powerful, and
privileged few -- vs. a much larger, 99%, poorer, and harder
working poor.The American Dream was the new MIDDLE Class, and
that is rapidly disintegrating back into the back pages of 20th century
"I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which
I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know . . . how great a
debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the
Revolution. And I am willing--perfectly willing to lat down all my joys in this
life . . . to pay the debt."--Sullivan BallotIf more
Americans honored this value, the dream would be a reality.
the other coment is so right on. the worst thing is housing is starting to be
out of reach for a larger amount of the poulation, and aparments are just as
I appreciate this article as I have often wondered what "the American
dream" was and, yes, it did seem to mean having a lot of money. The
originator of the phrase seemed to have in mind something more inclusive and
noble: opportunity and personal development or, in other words, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. I can concur with that.
The American Dream is dead. Obama and his secular progressives have already had
the funeral to their delight. Today Americans have to re-chart their course with
lower expectations and opportunites. Look around you and what you see is the
independent and self reliant America being replaced with the welfare state and
when the welfare state is complete there will be NO home ownership or even
private property except for the wealthy and the poltical elite. Take present day
California as your model. what to teach your kids? I think the only
thing you can do is to circle the wagons and perhaps have a family plan which
will provide opportunites for your kids because the ability of the American
nation to do it is history....sadly. "Ask NOT what you can do
for your country but instead ask what your country can give you for free"
Barack Obama in a nutshell...
American Businessmen off-shored and out-sourced "The American Dream" to
communists in Red China...
Open Minded Mormon,I agree with you. After all, 8 out of the 10
wealthiest counties in the USA are Democrat, so I see what you mean. Obama needs
to stop destroying the middle class so that the American Dream can become a
"The American Dream is dead. Obama and his secular progressives have already
had the funeral to their delight."Total baloney. The DJIA is in
record high territory, as are corporate profits, corporate cash reserves, and
corporate executive compensation packages. BTW, federal revenues derived from
corporate taxes are at all-time _lows_. If you're feeling
squeezed out of the "American Dream", it's because the jobs that
are available are increasingly low-wage jobs, a higher education is rapidly
becoming something only the wealthy can provide for their children, and even
then a 26 year-old college graduate's chances at actually buying a home are
remote when he feels fortunate to land a job that pays $40,000 per year, but
still can't qualify for a mortgage, even for a condo.And your
retirement? Good luck with that - your employer is constantly looking for ways
to shed its pension obligations and finding legislators who are only too happy
to help them do just that - for a price.Blaming President Obama for
this situation is beyond laughable.
Obama and progressives did not "kill" the American dream. Corporate
America did (just who exported good paying jobs overseas?). Along with a bunch
of the earlier generation who wasted the ecological and financial patrimony on a
bunch of goodies to give immediate benefit to that same generation.We lowered taxes under Reagan and succeeding Presidents, but did not cut
spending, thereby incurring debt. We waste our land with inefficient and
outdated coal and petroleum extraction for the benefit of cheap energy
businesses. All because we don't want to pay for things as we go. So, a whole bunch of folks got a lot of benefits that they never paid
for, and the next generations will have to pay for them. That goes for some
wars too. We have despoiled the environment, which will take trillions for the
next generations to restore.Conservatives bemoan financial
misbehavior, except their own. They are the ones who ruined the American dream,
and refuse to accept their complicity.
Albert Einstein said once, you live your life for life to have a life to live
for. I guess the I'm wondering is, what is worth dieing for, when it's
every man for themselves.
The American Dream is different things for different people. That's a
good thing. In some ways we're all the same, but in other's
we're not. For instance, A CEO of a fortune 500 company sees the
"American Dream" differently than a homeless drug addict. One just
wants a home, something to eat, and security while they sleep. The other just
wants a bigger home and more security guards to guard their stuff.Someone working in the fields in Mexico probably sees the "American
Dream" differently than a person raised and educated in an American city.But we all want liberty, security, and the other unalienable rights
guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I think THAT... is what
we should focus on (not money or property).
If you think that the American Dream is dead, all that you have to do is look at
the thousands who still want to come here for a better opportunity to know it is
still alive and well in the hearts of millions of people around the world.
Perhaps you are just looking in the wrong place.
The left has turned the American Dream where you labor according to your
ability, to the American Entitlement. Where everyone should be at the same
level, regardless on how much effort you put into it.
re:Blue1. Corporate taxes are at an all time low. Where did you
dervice this nonsense from? Take off your MSNBC glasses for just a moment and
ask yourself WHY companies are MOVING to Texas from California and NY and other
progressive states. It is BECAUSE the corporate taxes are SO HIGH...and
climbing!!! The 35% rate is THE highest amoung ALL democratic countries. Ireland
for example is around 12%. Oh and your socialist king Obama wants to climb the
rate even higher. STRIKE ONE!2. Kids are graduating to NO JOBS because
there are NO JOBS - NO RECRUITERS on campus as in past decades. So where are all
the job opportunities? Think for a moment about the VAST energy development and
job opportunities (high paying high skill) just waiting in the wings....but
again your socialist king has instructed the EPA to lock up all public lands for
energy development. We can't even get the Keystone pipeline approved for
pete sake!!! Even Hillary supports the Keystone!!! STRIKE TWO3. You said
"the jobs that are available are increasingly low-wage jobs". Yes and
add part-time to that as well and all compliments of OBAMACARE!!! STRIKE TRHEE
@patriot. I thought republicans take pride in personal responsibility yet you
blame others. The welfare state is a farce that republicans continually push.
In a recession the safety net will increase because that is how it is designed
to work. It helps people get through the bad times. As far as
welfare queens and the like that is a total myth.
The American Dream isn't about money and stuff. The American dream is for
the individual to work at an occupation of his or her chosing without depending
on birth order or parental occupation.
Hey Patriot -Yes, we're still feeling the horrible effects of
all that Right Wing Republican mismanagement . . . But we have made big
strides.Thankfully, the country a nation tottering on the brink of
economic devastation . . . Like GW left it.And the stock market is
BOOMING, which reflects massive confidence in our President.Things
could definitely be better though, and if it were not for incessant
"Conservative" obstructionism, things would be MUCH better.Thank God for the wisdom of President Obama and the Democrats.
re:Shaun"The welfare state is a farce that republicans
continually push"Fact 1: Food Stamps are at an ALL TIME HIGH for
an American President under Barack ObamaFact 2: Disability benefit fraud
is at an ALL TIME HIGH under Barack ObamaFact 3: The welfare payout per
capita is at an ALL TIME HIGH under Barack Obama(yes Shaun - The
welfare state)Also your suggestion that somehow "handouts"
are the solution to getting throught the bad times is actually quite typical
Socialist thinking. Let me offer another way - JOBS!!! Yes you know the jobs
that would have and could have come from things such as The Key Stone Pipe Line
and a mountain of other energy jobs just waiting ...waiting ....waiting... for a
practical president to take his foot off the throat of American industry. By the if you have kids (or perhaps one day you will) would you rather
they live in your basement til age 35 reaping all the free goodies from Ma and
Pa like free room and board, free cell phone, free car and not even having to
work for any of it? Why is that good for the nation then?
K's definition of The American Dream is right on. The biggest obstacle to
it is high unemployment or under-employment.Recent graduates
can't get a job because universities don't provide the skills and
experience that good jobs frequently demand. The world has gotten too complex
to fill job openings with someone with no applicable work experience.It is time to shed the liberal arts courses and replace them with in-depth,
practical instruction. A worthy alternative is for companies to hire graduates
at very low salaries and then provide in-house, on-the-job training to bring
them up to speed. However, this ideal is frequently impractical
because companies can't wait a year to get the job done. Their only
alternative is to steal qualified personnel from other companies, which then
opens a job that can only be filled by an experienced worker.We
incur a grave risk by neglecting to provide opportunities for our young men and
women just entering the work force.
PatriotYou should take a peek at which states have the highest
percentage of their population on welfare. Almost without exception, they are
the red states of the South. Conservative states are more on the dole of
government than any facet of American society. What's more, conservative
states, almost without exception, receive more in federal monies than they pay
in federal taxes while the opposite is true for liberal states. Nearly every
conservative state, including Utah, are net debtors when it comes to federal tax
dollars. Your entire state government is on welfare and has been for more than
30 years. CA and NY are not moving HQs to Texas, we're moving call
centers, etc.... Texas doesn't have a sufficiently educated workforce to
handle one major tech company, let alone an industry like that of Silicon
Valley.Also, the US effective corporate tax rates are some of the
lowest in the industrialized world so the 35% number is completely misleading.
What fear do you have of telling the truth? Furthermore, it's ironic you
mentioned Ireland - which has been the net beneficiary of US corporate
inversion. Guess which side of the aisle promotes that? Conservatives.
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