Students vow to chase the American Dream despite new reality

Students seek ways to separate themselves from the pack

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    MyChildrensKeeper - your kidding right? "That is a ploy of a dictator." The Job crash that started in 2008 is the ploy of a dictator?

    Let me guess, you don't do much international business, do you. You choose to ignore that we are at historically low taxes, far lower than during the Reagan and Clinton boom years... you understand that right? You get that when we interview MBA's for jobs, we are now interviewing people from across the globe, not just the US like it used to be. You get that in the meeting rooms of global companies, what used to be a room of white, european decent people in dark suites and white shirts, that typically that profile is a now minority?

    You get the services of any of the leading consulting firms now days, the young, hungry, do anything to get ahead types are not US white kids anymore. The leading candidates that are hungry.... most are not American kids but Asian or Eastern European. They all want the American dream - sometimes more so than our own kids want it or are willing to sacrifice for it.

    Blaming Obama - good grief!

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    Feb. 5, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    It is so sad to see people anchor themselves with such massive debt. This debt. is only dissolved at death or disability - otherwise you must pay it back. It limits your future that you see as so bright. Maybe you change your plans when that first baby is born, maybe you never find that great job, maybe you get divorces, etc., etc. Find another way to pursue your dream without debt. It can be done if you are smart about it.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 3:15 a.m.

    The American dream? To be more prosperous than their parents? Can never happen on an income of less than $250,000 cash (inflation) and a home their only debt.

    The dream students are being told to achieve is not something that is withing their grasp anymore. We invented this so called american dream but we called it loyal ambitions, fair wages and benefits for hard fair work. We believed in the right to a "share" of the company profits for the blood sweat and tears we gave to our employers. In return for this dual agreement of employment, the economy exploded and industry and manufacturing became the world leaders. Until offshore sounded like a more lucrative offering where workers and slave labor could be exploited to undo the prosperity of America and destroyed the economy and themselves.

    What could be prosperity for our children and grandchildren the president is trying to take from employers in taxes so the workers can't demand a profit or share for their ambitions, blood, sweat, and tears. There is no redistribution of wealth when the government confiscates all the economic prosperity from rich and poor in taxes. That is a ploy of a dictator.