The American Dream

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  • podunk utah DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    living the American dream is all about the pysche and the soul of the individual and how that is nurtured through family, school, friends.. it is all about self worth and inspiration, I find it rather sad that less than half of Americans believe in the dream.. that tells me the life has been sucked out of 60% of our populace, that is no way to live.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    "It should be noted, however, that chances to move from the bottom to the top are higher in Salt Lake City than in any other urban area in the United States. "

    Then why so much poverty in SLC and why is it growing??

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    IMO the "American Dream" is what YOU make it. It means different things to different people. My "Dream" is not EVERYBODY's dream. Some people's dream is to not have to worry about where their next meal will come from, or not have to worry about paying the bills. Some dream of owning their own home. Some dream of owning their own business. Some dream of racial equality. Some dream of citizenship. I'm just saying... the "Dream" is NOT the same for all people.

    So what the "Dream" is... depends on the individual. Likewise ACHIEVING the "dream" depends on the individual. Somebody else can't DEFINE what the dream IS for you. And somebody else can't achieve the "dream" for you.

    That's just my opinion.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 17, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    "The Urban Institute, a think tank and research organization, has produced an interactive website that combines mountains of data on poverty, race and geography in an easy-to-use infographic. "Poverty and Race in America, Then and Now" shows the changing makeup of Utah's poor over the last three decades, breaking the numbers down by race and location.

    In Utah, the website appears to show an increase in the number of minorities living in poverty. Of the estimated 374,859 people living in poverty, 39 percent are members of a minority population even though minorities make up only 20 percent of the state, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. Latinos alone comprise 27 percent of those living in poverty."
    (KSL 2013)

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 17, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Is UT's lower poverty rate than some states due to the reasons cited in the DN article or due to the fact that UT has a homogenous population and lower minority population that a majority of states?

    "New statistics from a Brookings Institution book found the suburban poor grew by 64% nationwide between 2000 and 2011. Salt Lake City ranks third as the fastest poverty stricken suburbanites.

    More than 157,000 people in the Salt Lake area live below the poverty line — and 73% of those are in the suburbs. Experts say not all these people are homeless, but they live on the edge. Many are only two-weeks away from losing their homes. Some have already had to move home with their parents, or declared bankruptcy."
    (KSL June 2013)

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 1:20 a.m.

    I agree that an intact two-parent family is important to social mobility. But as is the wont of the Deseret News you say nothing about the economic system's evolution. In other words, for you the individual and the family are always at fault when things go south. But real wages have been stagnant for 30 or more years in the face of rising prices. Why? This certainly can't help social mobility. I suggest you go farther and identify what has lead to this stagnation and the resultant erosion of the middle class. Individuals matter, families matter, and systems matter just as much.