05
Jul
11

Is the American Dream Dead?

When you look around at the current state of America today, you often ask yourself whatever happened to the American dream? Remember those movies that showed in America, everyone had the opportunity to climb the ladder of success, enjoy a comfortable life, live in a respectable neighbourhood and enjoy a comfy retirement. It’s hard to avoid when driving around in small town and suburban America the closed or boarded up restauraunts, stores, shopping malls and houses sitting vacant with big for lease or sale signs on them. Here are some interesting points:

  • Since 2008, more than 1.2 million Californians have lost their homes
  • Unemployment rate hit a near 30 year high at 10.6% in January of 2010
  • 1 in 7 people in the United States lives on food stamps
  • 44 million Americans live in poverty
  • the gap between the rich and poor in the United States has now exceeded that which occurred during the Gtreat Depression of the 1930’s

The middle class have now become over-burdened and often find themselves supporting the more priviledged wealthier class through the tax system and corporate hierarchies. It seems like not too long ago there was an American President who rose from poverty and being the child of a single mother named Bill Clinton. Can this ever be attainable again? It seems like a big shift  within the American ideals has occurred thus leaving many behind. The American Dream has died for many.

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