Optimism and American Dream surviving pragmatism, survey shows

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    The American Dream is an inter-generational ideal that changes through time. It varies widely between people and circumstances.

    For some I know, the dream is to have a 4-wheel drive truck, a gun, and the freedom to tell everyone you meet how much you hate the federal government, even though your grandmother lives on Social Security and gets her medical care via Medicare, and your uncle works for the federal government.

    For others, it is the dream of getting your own mobile home so you don't have to pay rent. For others it is being able to settle down and start a family, with some semblance of economic security.

    A close friend started a second career in nursing about 8 years ago, was told nurses make up to $75,000-$80,000 a year. She now makes $45,000 a year.

    Young graduates from the College of Nursing have been told they can make up to $40,000-$45,000 a year. As 21 year olds, they're very excited about this possibility.

    For farmers who were replaced by mechanized farming, the American Dream died.

    For the young and optimistic, it remains.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 23, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    Northwestern Mutual is an insurance company that makes money from people with a positive outlook and money. They want people to have a positive attitude to buy their product. The Pew Research isn't into that type of survey and is probably more objective in their process. Northwestern Mutual isn't going to win their process with the way that government is going or marching down the path of negativism. They pump up the economy with their intrusion and now fear from the IRS as they move from Tax Collecting to increase their breadth of scope to healthcare that impacts on everyone. Interesting to see the supposedly 47% who don't pay taxes be judged by an agency that doesn't usually interfere with their life. It will be interesting to see how that agency becomes the protector of people which will be a completely new image for them, especially in these troubled waters they are in without a lifeboat or a protective device or even efficient/effective communications with the wind of doctrine blowing around them. They can't even hear let alone communicate as they start this new intrusion into people's lives and appears income in lost hours.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 23, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    House of cards.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    May 23, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Half empty or half full? Maybe the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    May 23, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    The American Dream has its basis and foundation in good jobs that create the steady income to support the dream, whatever it happens to be. America has been taken over by the fanatic activist environmental minority portion of the population. They seem to have the ear of federal government, unelected bureaucracies and agencies that dictate against business and industry in a way that stifles job creation, and the jobs that are created are low-pay service-type jobs that are not the basis of the American Dream. Unelected bureaucracies function too often as adversary to the common good. If everyone is not doing well, the country is falling short and eventually if not now, bad statistics are piling up and the family support of the American Dream evaporates while Big Brother continues a path away from that designed by the Founders.