Is The American Dream Alive

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The American Dream is Alive The American dream is part of the American psyche and in order to keep it alive, there is need to save and plan for the future which is only possible through savings and enacting of policies which will see to it that there is sustainability in economic growth but it is also important to interrogate some of the factors that affect its viability. Is it a state of the mind and something that is being used to cloud the actual failings of the state in providing a conducive environment for citizens to prosper? One thing that has always been ignored is the element of non-economic components that might lead to a person not making it into the middle class (Shapiro). It is assumed that having ‘drive and ambition’ are enough…show more content…
This can be done by closing the opportunity gap coupled with other factors such as a creation of a more resilient, vibrant as well as competitive nation. As far as the opportunity gap is considered, for millions it is always seen to start at child birth. The worrying thing is that as time progresses, this gap never narrows. However much the Dream can be conceptualized as an individual thing, it is also important to give it a holistic approach so as to broaden the approaches to mitigate the threats to the actualization of the dream. Such challenges are unemployment, a widening income inequality as well as a skill gap.
These are also cognizant of the fact that some inequalities are unavoidable in any free society. Factors such as dreams, talents and goals also play a major role in how people analyze their ability to scale up the economic ladder. When an individual works hard enough, they should be in a position to improve their lives (Shapiro). Despite all these variables, it is of note that a person’s zip code should be a condemnation on the increasing inescapability of economic fate. Inequality therefore, when coupled without a proper chance for upward mobility is only unjust and
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These do ensure that leaders can come up with strategies that factor in inputs from various stakeholders and sectors ensures that the policies in place are aligned to the strengths of locals and available resources as well as assets. Such partners include community-based organizations, hospitals, learning institutions as well as religious organizations that are in touch with the members of the city and who have the wishes of the city at heart. With this, it becomes possible to achieve the ambitious targets of a progressive economy. The restoration of the American Dream is an immense responsibility that usually calls upon city leaders to have appropriate insights that do offer solutions that are in themselves long lasting and effective.
Cities can also strive towards ensuring that the wage gaps are healthy and not as devastating they currently are on those seeking the American Dream. As espoused by the World Bank (NLC 19), “Workforce development serves a dual function; enabling individuals to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for gainful employment or improved work performance; and providing employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their demand for skills”. A structured wage system ensures that all workers are paid a dignified wage/salary that is commensurate to the kind of work they engage
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