This notion has been backed by this country’s core values since its conception. Dreams turn into realities through the hard work and time spent in making them come true, American’s have always been known to have this mentality and mindset, which leads us to become successful as individuals, communities, and as a nation. “A national dream need not, indeed may not be clear-cut and exact. For Americans to the wide and general dream has a name. It is called “the American Way of Life.” No one can define it or point to any one person or group who lives it, but it is very real nevertheless, perhaps more real than that equally remote dream the Russians call Communism”.
Americans often view the wealthy as evil and selfish. Many of the ways politicians in America offer to help the poor is by injuring the rich. The argument is that the wealthy people have an upper hand from the start and it’s impossible for poor people to achieve the same kind of wealth, no matter how hard they work. These arguments created a lot of tension in contemporary American society. Locke would not be in favor of wealth redistribution because he does not believe the government should have the power to take another’s property.
The American Dream The American dream can be interpreted in multiple ways. I believe that the American Dream can be viewed as the belief that anyone, through hard work and dedication, could achieve their goal of wealth and happiness. Everyone chases the American dream as it catches everybody 's eye, but very few can actually achieve it. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, several characters are trying to reach the so called American dream. Some of the characters include Gatsby, George, and Myrtle.
These people live in poorer conditions and come from a country that grants them less opportunities. If these citizens are proven to be more optimistic than Americans, it is clear that there is an issue with how we view the world. In America, many individuals stress more about the gap between the rich and poor; who has it all and who doesn’t. Graham continues to state that “being poor in a very wealthy and unequal country-which eschews social support for those who fall behind- results in especially high levels of stress and desperation”. As someone is struggling to keep up with society’s expectations along with many other struggles, it may be difficult to remain positive.
(Tierny 1). Tierny states that Espinoza’s grandfather is treated with respect, but the immigrants, Espinoza, were not. This related to poverty discrimination. The Readers can infer that immigrants are like the poor and his grandfather represents the people in the higher class. The essay that was written by Bharati Mukherjee, “Two Ways to Belong in America”, discussed that there is a lot of discrimination in America.
What causes poverty? A question such as this is important to consider when trying to determine why the income gap in America has increased so greatly. Based from Maya Wesby’s article Why the Rich Stay Rich and the Poor Stay Poor, the key determinate to someone’s financial success is related to the environment in which they are raised. It is essentially the privileges of being born or brought into a wealthy family that gives them the advantage over the majority of the population. The most interesting part of this to me is that those who are privileged enough to have these advantages in life often do not see themselves as so.
For one to be generous, the person would need to demonstrate that they can give, without giving too much, or too little. A generous person is able to perform a balance between extravagance and stinginess and is able to give it to the right group of people. Sanders is generous in his ability to provide support and strategic political plans for marginalized and oppressed groups of people. For example, immigrants are often attacked by politicians. Southern Poverty Law centered stated that immigrant workers are, “routinely cheated out of wages, held virtually captive by employers who seize their documents, forced to live in inhumane conditions and denied medical treatment for on-the-job injuries.” This is an example of immigrants receiving insufficient and stingy amount of government aid.
Fighting for the American Dream “When I asked my dad why he brought us here, he always answered, ‘for a better opportunity of course!’” (Miglani 1) For years, the United States of America was looked at by foreigners as a land of promise and opportunity like this quote from Bob Miglani article called “Is the American Dream Still Alive”. The opportunities seemed endless in America for those overseas. They would leave their homes and loved ones to travel across the world to become an immigrant in America to begin their own American Dream. Although America was not always what it seemed like it would be, hundreds of immigrants were able to make something of themselves and make those around them proud through this idea of an American Dream. Therefore, through the terror and triumphs in the world, the American Dream is achievable because of the desire to make something of one’s self can push them forward, which shows how dreams can come true.
The article itself almost critiques America on ways that it differentiates opportunities and success based on the opportunity gap. The opportunity gap is basically what the whole article is explaining. The opportunity gap refers to the ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English language proficiency, wealth, familial situations, or other factors contribute to lower educational aspirations, achievement, success rates and attainment for certain groups of people. The article is clearly arguing that the opportunity gap is a huge factor in whether or not certain people will be successful in America and that the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities is very
Now some people say that the divide between economics classes are gone. However, this is not true it can be seen all over different part of the united states where wealthy suburbs are built where poverty is just help the city. The idea of trickle down economics is that by doing this it will help motivate the people to something or try harder. The fact is that in some way that is the best that some people can do and that just the truth. Beverly 3 In Laura’s family case being wealthy is a sign of stature and appetence which be one of the treason why the party did not stop.
The growing gaps in wealth (inequality), the lack of social mobility and opportunity, and the disappearing middle class all contribute to this phenomenon, the vanishing American Dream. Fortunately, I managed to earn above the household median income, 56,516, hold a steady job with good benefits, and live in affordable, comfortable home (my salary $66,020). The luxuries afforded to me do not hold true for all Americans, and unfortunately, the inequality of opportunity remains a troubling social ill for the American people. As an adult, one is part of a bigger system, the marketplace, and makes economic decisions which influence their own lives and society as a whole. Individual households play a integral role in the economy, buying and selling goods on the product market, selling their labor, property, and other resources on the factor market, and facilitating the flow of money through the
70% consumer spending is from the middle class according to Reich. They are actually benefiting the economy and unlike the top 1 all they do is save. I do believe that distribution and wealth is definitely unfair. It is only common sense. Why would you take more away from those who are barely making it?
Does the Greatly Skewed Distribution of Wealth Amongst the Lower and Upper Classes of Society Cause Conflict? American citizens as a whole do not recognize exactly how greatly skewed money is distributed amongst the lower and upper classes, nor the problems and conflicts that come with this great amount of skewness. People argue that this uneven distribution contributes in keeping society functioning because people are unaware of this disproportional spread since there are not any grave conflicts that would cause them to need to become aware. The article, Wealth Inequality in America: It’s Worse Than You Think by Chris Mathews, instead states that the top two percent of the wealthiest people in America contain over half of the total overall
In America we are facing a huge issue on whether the American dream is still alive many say no but I believe yes, the American dream is still possible through hard work determination and initiative. Although many obstacles may come your way through out your journey it’s still possible to excel in life. Being in America is a gateway to many opportunities. I believe that in order to be successful you have to work hard for what you want, great opportunities can surround you your entire life but if you don’t have that drive to go and get it then you will remind exactly where you are in life. Another issue is rate of poverty and homelessness, just because you are in a certain situation does not mean that you will continue to be that way forever.
His ideology is conservative and he believes that taxes should not be raised on the wealthy because they create jobs. People working harder than others is what cause socio-economic inequality to him. He states that there are some who depend on the government too much by living off of food stamps and welfare. Eldon’s option that everyone is not equal or on the same lever is similar to ideology of fascism. Fascist believe that people are not equal and some people are better than others.