Argumentative Essay: The American Dream Myth

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The American Dream, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is the ideal that every citizen of the United States should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative (American). This theory that was once worshipped throughout America is now nothing more than a myth. The only people that can still live the American Dream are those that have been born into an already prosperous family. The American dream is a dying concept. . According to studies an estimated “15 million Americans being unemployed and 6.7 million families being foreclosed out of their homes” (Smith). The essence of Smith’s argument is that there are many people throughout are struggling to make ends meet. When the…show more content…
Many newspapers across the country, exclaimed things like “God to the World: Drop Dead!”(The New York Daily), “Good Riddance”(The New Yorker), "World Coming to an End -- Harvard and MIT Economists Say 'We Told You So.' "(The Boston Herald), and "World Will End Tomorrow--Senate Demands Special Prosecutor."(The Washington Post)(Scheyer). By printing these headlines the newspapers show how the American people think that everything is falling apart. Americans today tend to believe that the world as they know it is coming to an end because they work so hard every day just to make a salary that will not support them or their families. When people begin to get this kind of mindset they start to give up on society. Then this causes the people to instead of work hard just stay at home and do nothing and get on welfare. These actions lead to the unnecessary increase of money that taxpayers have to give up. Paying more taxes means that the people are less likely to be able to provide for themselves or their families. When the tax prices are raised employers start cutting wages. When the wages are cut people get mad and then begin to go on strike. If workers go on strike that means that there is nobody to make all the things that people rely on to
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