The American Dream is still alive for 20 percent of adults in the US

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  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    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 liberal?

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    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!

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    Dec. 10, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    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 FOX.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    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 Looneyville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    The American dream is not dead in this country! What's dead is hard work, discipline, and common sense.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 9, 2013 5:08 p.m.

    @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 forgotten.

  • MormonDemocrat Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    I think it is fair to say that the headline editor for this article is a "glass half (or 20%) full person.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    I don't think the American dream is being "rich" for a couple of years.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 9, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    If the American dream is still alive for 20% of us, that means Obama has only gotten his hands on 80% of us.

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    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.