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Michael Ford
Michael Ford is the Founding Director of Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream. Ford has a 37-year career in politics, government and business at all levels of American public life. He has held senior staff and senior advisory positions in nine presidential campaigns. Ford also served as executive assistant to the Governor of Ohio and chief of staff for the mayor of Cincinnati. He has a master's degree in government from Georgetown University, was a graduate fellow at the Pennsylvania State University School of Public Administration and received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University.

Entries by Michael Ford

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Immigrants desiring American citizenship must pass a naturalization test demonstrating basic civic literacy. 97.5 percent of immigrants pass this test.

Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream undertook a survey to learn details of the civic literacy rate of native-born Americans measured identically...

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Five Myths About the American Dream

(44) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 6:48 PM

Few ideas are as central to American self-identity as the "American dream." Politicians invoke it, immigrants pursue it, and despite unremittingly negative economic news, citizens embrace it. But what is the American dream? We began regular study of how people define and perceive the dream three years ago, and have...

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The American Dream, Politics, and the Protesters

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 2:12 PM

Protests make people uncomfortable. That's why protests are organized. Waking a dormant public or a lazy political infrastructure with an uncomfortably forced focus is their purpose.

The Tea Party did a magnificent job and now the Occupy Wall Street protests are percolating equally important activity. Both are non-violent and...

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"The American Dream Is Held Dear by Individuals; It Takes a Village to Ruin It."

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 11:17 AM

The Second Annual State of the American Dream Survey released by Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream shows that Americans, and particularly immigrants, are keeping the American Dream alive, despite economic and job turmoil, three simultaneous US wars, intense institutional distrust,...

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Washington Post Editorial Board as Movie Critic

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 9:53 AM

The Washington Post editorial board as movie critic (Dirty 'Game', 12/4/2010) is an embarrassment of riches for lovers of irony.

The editorial reminds of the Andre Gide story about a man and his dog who go to the park everyday and engage in games of checkers. The dog...

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Ayn Rand and the VIP-DIPers

(212) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 9:35 AM

Despite persistent rumors, Rand Paul was not named in honor of influential conservative thinker, Ayn Rand. His name is Randall.

It's good he was not named for Ayn Rand because her real name was Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum which she changed honoring her Rand typewriter.

Miss Rand, famously a believer in...

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Election Day Wrap-up and the State of the American Dream

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 11:06 AM

Interest in the American Dream heightened recently because the mid-term election was an opportunity for the American people to express their frustrations about this difficult economy. And express they did. But what did this election really say about the American Dream? As it turns out, not much.

It is...

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Perspective on War Costs: Is It Worth It?

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 9:56 AM

Originally, the "war on terror" was projected to cost no more than $50 billion, and after being greeted as "liberators," the "cakewalk" would take no more than six months--maybe a year.

Nine years later it has cost more than $1.1 trillion and growing.

In the face of severe economic...

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Socialism in America? You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2010 | 11:34 PM

Have you heard rumblings of a counter Tea Party movement afoot in the land that calls the Tea Party "the-bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you caucus?" A rogue e-mail making the rounds called the movement "freeloading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent and hypocritical."

Southern politicians, in particular, complain about big government and taxes because it resonates...

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Lady Liberty to the World: 'Eines Tages Alles' or 'Just Kidding'

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 2:31 PM

Immigrants have always been the driving force behind the American Dream. Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream recent survey verifies that the most fervent believers in the American Dream are immigrants, Latinos and African Americans.

And, yet, American history is loaded with varying degrees of...

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Fear and Grieving on the Protest Trail

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 2:17 PM

The recent State of the American Dream Survey by Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream shows a predictable overall decline of faith that the American Dream can be achieved in our time.

While understandable in this major recession, underlying the numbers are indications that the dim view...

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What Happened To The White Picket Fence?

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 3:30 PM

In the American Consumer Republic, the Xavier University for Politics and the American Dream's first national survey of the Dream found that the alleged sanctity of home ownership may be the creation of advertisers and the realtor lobby.

This shift in the "ownership society" mentality may or may not be...

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How We See the Future

(5) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 3:19 PM

"A majority now believes, after the end of the so-called American Century and victory in the Cold War, that the world is looking elsewhere in terms of future success or direction."

The State of the American Dream Survey

You might expect that the American Dream would appear to be in...

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