In the great scheme of things yes the American Dream is alive but, with the way our social system is constructed and if it continues this way then the American Dream will become ever harder to reach. When it comes to living wages (earned income from which a worker and his/her family can live off of.) Americans are stuck working long hours at jobs that do not pay nearly enough to support a comfortable lifestyle. One of Brandon King’s (2015) points in his article to achieving the dream is to “save for the future” (p.612). Now I agree with King up to a point, that saving for the future is a good plan for trying to accomplish the American Dream.
In the United States, jobs for unskilled workers are better paid than in Latin America; for instance, immigrants believe that they would help their relatives in the homeland. Moreover, their children would have the possibility to have a better education. Despite all their efforts, sometimes that is not possible. For this reason, families are weakened, and children have to drop school. It makes me angry because this situation is part of my life and my people.
Marriage is not a necessity and people could be happier without entering this institution. Growing up in a low socioeconomic status household I was able to see the hardships my parents went through. In a society where the majority of people are in debt, my parents taught me that money is very essential to life. Society has many beliefs that it imposes on others. As an individual I have decided that I do not agree with the institution of marriage.
If it wasn’t for them, the U.S economy wouldn’t be where it stands now. In recent discussions of whether immigrants should be deported, there has been sides where immigration would be good for our country and others disagree. Some believe that immigrants should be allowed to stay in our country, because they believe our economy wouldn’t be good without them and many businesses rely on immigrants working for them. On the other hand, the other side believe that immigrants are overpopulating the U.S and don’t have the money to support all of these immigrants (education/jobs.) Immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country because many families would be separated, they are already accustomed to the American society, and they contribute to the economy.
Some people don’t have freedom. Some do but all they do is work for the government. They work and they don’t get enough money for the things that rich people might wear or what they might need, but sometimes all these people need is to not give up on who they really are.“I Too am America” is a poem written by Chris McMahon. “I Too am America,” is about an immigrant who has arrived to USA to get a better life, but once he/she gets a job all they do is work and they don’t get paid fairly! In this poem “I Too am America,” Chris McMahon, the author, conveys the theme that it is important to never give up on who you are through his use of the speaker, figurative language, and attitude/tone.
Social mobility is considered the ability to change one’s social status. It is an admirable transformation that most people aspire to attain in their lifetime, and American citizens are no exception to this dream. Perhaps any story of how our ancestors were able to “attain the American Dream” is a classical representation of this desired social change, but the question remains: how many people in the United States are able to move up the ladder of class? The United States used to be one of the world’s leaders for social mobility; however, Americans are less mobile now than they’ve ever been before. The possibility of attaining the “American Dream” is decreasing significantly because of the decreasing social mobility in the United States.
It is just to near to impossible to try and afford decent living conditions as a low wage worker in America. It is also hard on the children of families working in low wage jobs it affects them all around and then they can end up stuck in the the same situation as their parents. This is part of the reason why employers of low wage jobs do not have any trouble finding employees. “ In fact, there is evidence that low-wage jobs can cause harm to young people’s health, education, and overall development. (Dodson page 5).
Mantsios’ compares the profiles of different Americans lifestyles in his text and develops the idea that an individual’s class standing can affect their livelihood in detrimental ways, “The lower one’s class standing, the more difficult it is to secure appropriate housing, the more time is spent on routine tasks of everyday life, the greater is the percentage of income that goes to pay for food and other basic necessities, and the greater is the likelihood of crime victimization” (293). Mantsios explains that one’s class standing can affect the chances of survival and success. Ehrenreich describes her own housing experiences as a low income worker. To reduce her overall costs and to obtain a second job, Ehrenreich moves closer to Key West. Ehrenreich has just enough money to pay the rent and deposit on a tiny trailer at the Overseas Trailer Park.
Health care and tuitions are also rising and now millions of American families cannot afford it. This may affect the next generation as potential can be wasted and many might not be able to get a job because they’re not educated enough since there’s tough competitions everywhere – most people are literate and go to schools. There are two main conditions of the American dream. The first is during the time of exploitation and people needed another form of social organisation. They took ideas and values to realize their hopes and dreams of freedom.
First of all, the movement of migrants can result in conflict, xenophobia, and racism from local folks towards the migrants. Due to the numbers of migrants moving from the developing world to the developed world are semi-skilled or unskilled labors, they act as a source of cheap labor. Moreover, immigrants tend to work for longer hour than local people to earn more wages in order to support their families. This would increase competition for jobs between migrants and native folks. Hence, citizens of developed countries would find it difficult to be employed because most employers favor only immigrants who demands less money and can work for
In America there is a very real financial divide among the people. Financial stability starts with education, although a large portion of the American population cannot afford it. Depending on your parents economic standing you may or may not be able to afford college, among other things. College opens the door for many opportunities, including having the capacity to provide for your family. Various authors today are still writing about the ongoing issue of poverty and the ways to climb out of it.
There is an estimate of 8.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the Center for immigration studies. They come here because they want a better life for their family, but their presence has caused many problems for the citizens of this country. Moreover, immigration has always been an important issue in the story of the United States. Many undocumented immigrants are able to enter the country illegally. These people along with other citizens say that undocumented immigrants are good for the country as they help the economy by working for a minimum wage in jobs that many refuse to do.
After thoroughly reading two articles by Surowiecki and Saltsman on if the United States raising minimum wage, the minimum wage should remain the same. To support this statement, Saltsman states that the people who live below the poverty line, in fact, are not poor because of minimum wage; Americans remain poor due to not working at a job. People continue to live in poverty because they lack the skills to even attain a job or look for a job. Even though Surowiecki claims that 46% of today’s families live off of a minimum wage worker, minimum-wage jobs weren’t meant to support families. Minimum-wage jobs were meant for teenagers and woman.
Seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour, or fourteen thousand five hundred per year, is the lowest amount the government deems appropriate to pay workers. This amount is sufficient for a single person with no extra expenses, but that is often not the reality of minimum wage workers. While some believe that raising the minimum wage would do more harm than good, increasing the minimum wage to a living wage would benefit society by reducing poverty, increasing productivity, spurring economic growth, and improving peoples’ quality of life. Some people say that paying workers a living wage would benefit not only the workers but the whole of society. Raising the minimum wage would lift many people out of poverty, making opportunities more accessible
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