People are accustomed to strive to do the best they can in regards to accomplishing their goals. For some people it is to be rich, famous, or powerful. Others decided that they wanted a safe place to raise their children and obtain wealth, not with ease but with hard work and determination. Based on the reading, I agree with Borosage on the fact that the American dream has died out over the years due to the enormous wage gap and the disappearing of the middle class. The American dream is no longer alive due to the fact that the top one percent owns too much, health care is too conflicting, and the work force is too competitive.
The American Dream seems to have different interpretations in the different types of people, for Americans, they believe in earning a lot while not working hard for it, for many immigrants, they still believe in working for what they desire. The modern Dream for many Americans is being lazy while still earning a higher place in society. The dream has changed many times over the course of American society. It has gone for people of all different types of cultures and backgrounds working hard to achieve what they want in life to
Mainly people thought that the dream was of motor cars and high wages, but clearly its a dream where both men and women can attain to their fullest potential of which they are innately capable of. It 's possible that families who are struggling can change for the better or for the worse to neither or encourage or discourage a better life for their children. If finance is a hefty issue, it 's still never too late to adjust your living where your family can be wealthy in health and living instead of money itsself. But with the economy descreasing day by day, people who believe in the American Dream are looking towards faith and fortitude because, in the end, money is where it all comes down too. Its how people live, survive, be wealthy....its how people become happy with life.
“Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity - that people work more hours to get bigger cars, fancier homes, the fruits of prosperity for their families - but have less time to enjoy their prosperity,” as recorded in the Library of Congress. Since the time of the Revolutionary War and when people were very active patriots for their nation; people have cared less and less about their mother country. If you have any opinions about your own country
Well I see where you’re coming from but, maybe the pay in their country isn’t as well as it is in ours. It’s expensive to raise a family low pay is even harder. They shouldn’t be making fifty dollars a hour, but $7.50 is a little low to raise a family on. Somebody has to pay the bills, buy groceries, pay for gas, buy clothes, and all the countless other expenses that a family requires. When they get into the United States and get a job, they work harder, they will work overtime for more hours of work and more pay on their paycheck.
Is college still worth all of the time, money, and effort put into it. Today it is becoming increasingly harder to graduate college without student debt. A staggering number of nearly seventy percent of students that have a bachelor’s degree leave school with debt. Which can have major consequences for the U.S. economy. This debt may be preventing Americans from making bigger purchases that drive economic growth (Berman).
Although, that’s not entirely accurate because many of these students will still end up thousands of dollars in debt, that will take years to pay off. In the College Trap by J.D. Vance he states, “One factor is that a lot of colleges are not “need-blind”: They are simply less likely to accept students who will need more financial aid.” (Vance 32). This proves that many people that need the help affording the education may not get it. This can put many students off from going to college because many counselors will say only apply to colleges that you know you can afford without scholarships because they are not guaranteed.
In America, there is a goal called “The American Dream”. This goal consists of living a life of comfort no matter what life you were born into. Exact definitions vary between each person because it is based on an individual, however most, if not all, include the ability to reach mobility and achievement no matter what social class one was born into. Money is clearly important for survival and it does keep people happy. The question most people formulate, however, is if it is actually possible for one who was born into poverty to actually be able to live a comfortable adult life with a stable income.
Many of the Americans living in poverty would be interested in attending college, but are unable to due to the rising costs of tuition. While the colleges do have to earn money in order to pay for the expenses that running such a large institution entails, the amount of money that they charge each student is entirely too much. The government should intervene and create a way to provide the same college education at an affordable cost. This would allow more people living in poverty to attend college and earn a degree, which would open a lot of doors for the poorest citizens in the country. As Yeskel discussed in her essay, “the importance of college for upward mobility has grown; a college degree now equals a high school degree in years past” (Yeskel 6).The social class system is exceedingly difficult to overcome, and it can become even more challenging when the lower class citizens are uneducated and not given the tools that they need to succeed.
It is getting harder for immigrants living in the United States to fulfill their American Dream, which causes them to put pressure on their first generation American child to fulfill the dream for them. To many immigrant parents, the Dream consist of getting a high paying stable job, and being able to provide for the rest of the family. However, even if a first generation child goes to a well respected college to get the stable, high paying job of their parents dreams, it is sometimes not enough. Due to language barriers and ethnic sounding names, first generation Americans are constantly being put down by employers who care more about appealing to the White public than provide an educated person a job. Immigrant parents fail to understand
Like an investment, the government puts money into society, hoping to get a more substantial amount of money back. But with unemployment low the government is investing money into society and the investments are not paying off. The unemployed (7.8 million people) can’t or won’t pay and middle class doesn’t make an effective salary. If a significant amount of people are not working that means the government is missing out on vital income tax. And the middle class alone can’t fight off the $19.3 trillion dollars of debt.
A lot of people think that the government gives enough for people to survive, but not enough to keep people poor. By doing this people have to work till a very old age. Also, by increasing taxes, or other expenses. In reality, all these happens for a reason. If the taxes are raised, we have to keep in mind that there’s a lot of money being spent for us the people.
The American Dream is simple, it is to be able to provide for yourself and your family. The dream is still attainable, but due to a lack of motivation and because the dream has become blown out of proportion, most Americans believe that they have not achieved it. The American Dream has been built up to be obtaining large sums of money and numerous material possessions. The actual dream, though, is to be able to provide a comfortable living for yourself and loved ones. In the last one hundred years, the dream itself has not changed, rather people’s attitude toward the dream has changed.
The middle class is living uncomfortably and some are barely making it. The middle class is working harder than ever, but yet they are not getting anywhere. The top 1 percent should stop saving and they are not generating enough for the economy, we need spending in order for the economy to run smoothly. A stable economy is a strong middle class and I totally agree with Robert Reich because the middle class actually spends their money! 70% consumer spending is from the middle class according to Reich.
When you take a look at Harold’s profile you see a vast list of opportunities and how strong of a work background his parents have. When it comes to life in America, you have to have great connections to become successful quick, like Harold did. On the opposite extreme when you take a look at Cheryl’s profile you see you see a struggle in life and not many opportunities to succeed in life how one might want to. I always like to think to myself and understand why hard work is really less likely to see in someone that is struggling because they are always dealing with something difficult. In the many stories of poor people coming from rags to riches, there’s always a decision that impacts your life in the long run and that ability choose what affects you is called opportunity cost.