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American Dream

Grand Illusion: Mobility, Inequality, and the American Dream

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The United States now finds itself at a crossroads: still fervently committed to the American dream, but unwilling to adopt policies that would promote its realization. Put simply, Republicans and Democrats alike want something they cannot have.

Deferred Action Leaves Some Behind and in Limbo

Beth Caldwell, Joel Medina, and Erin Siegal | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Beth Caldwell, Joel Medina, and Erin Siegal

"I have to wait here for 20 years before I can apply for the waiver," Ramos said. "And it all depends if they want to accept my application." By the time she's eligible for re-entry into the United States, her children will be adults.

America Needs A New Econo-Theology

Serene Jones | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

The so-called "rags to riches" stories remain popular in the American imagination because they mesh well with other cherished aspects of our national identity. If these ideals were ever true, however, in 2012 they must be recognized as myths.

Beijing! Washington!

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am convinced by a myth. It is our ideal that anyone who comes to the New World can become an equal member of our society.

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

You Can Still Make It... If You Know Where To Live

Marcus Baram | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Marcus Baram

The American dream may be more out of reach, but it's not impossible to achieve.

11 Years After 9/11 - It's time to Choose Trust Over Fear

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It's time. After 11 long years it's time for us to return to where we were in those first few moments after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and choose t...

Clinton Agrees, Equity IS the Superior Growth Model

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.10.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

We are undergoing a dramatic demographic transformation in which the very same racial and ethnic groups that have been most excluded are now driving our population growth, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The American Dream

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

On June 14, I spoke at a naturalization ceremony. In that brief moment, and since, I have been able to reflect on what the oath that was taken by those people from 33 different nations means to me, someone that was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.

Passports, Political Rhetoric and Constructions of American-ness

Melissa Blanco Borelli | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Blanco Borelli

Michelle Obama's speech can serve to wake us up from the "American Dream" to an American reality where talented Americans inspire us to materialize an America where respect for diversity and facts, supersede illusions put forth by out of touch politicians.

Courage Is Like Love: It Must Have Hope To Nourish It

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

To face the future with courage we must believe that we have the power, the resolve, the tolerance to contribute to a world that we and our children will want to live in.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #33, Embodiment of the American Dream

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Barack Obama is unquestionably the embodiment of the American Dream. He was a middle-class kid raised by a single mom from Kansas, with the help of a grandfather who fought in Patton's army and a Native American grandmother who served on a World War II bomber assembly line.

Michelle Obama's Eleanor and Oprah Moment

Adam Hanft | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Adam Hanft

There was no talk of "how." That will be left to those later in the week, including her husband, who will lay out the policy prescriptions for job creation and deficit reduction and the roadmap to a vibrant economic future. This was a speech about "why."

How Obama Should Respond To Romney On Jobs

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Mitt Romney has said that this election is about one thing: jobs. If I were drafting President Obama's convention speech, here's how I would re-frame and respond.

American Dream Family Lore of DNC Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Rings True

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Mayor Castro's family lore rings true. His grandmother, with a family tree extending back to Coahuila and Zacatecas, came here as a young girl and was taken in by relatives.

Jason Linkins

Tales Of Woe Are Part Of Republican Convention's Show: HuffPost List | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

Before we forget about Tampa, let's take a journey way back to 1956, when the National Broadcasting Company aired a "reality" television show so dead-...

LOOK: Rare Color Photos Of Main Street From The 1940s

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.31.2012 | Small Business

After recovering from the crises of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, the spirit of human ingenuity and American entrepreneurship found a way to...

Once Upon a Time in America: Rags to Riches Gone

Karen K. Harris | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Karen K. Harris

Although most Americans are earning a bit more than their parents, only a meager one-third of the current generation will surpass their parents in wealth and income and climb to a new rung on the economic ladder.

Book Review: Lola, California

Joel Drucker | Posted 10.17.2012 | Books
Joel Drucker

The newly-released paperback edition of Lola, California is a powerful, innovative and lyrical American novel. To read it is to enter a rich territory -- the landscape of memory and choice.

America's Global Revenge

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
Dr. Jim Taylor

The fact is that the world loves what America represents: freedom, wealth, popular culture, and materialism. Most of the world wants what we have. And, by gosh, we're going to give it to them, the good, bad, and the ugly, whether they like it or not.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

Romney Hood, Obama Hood - How About The Middle Hood!

Nick Bassill | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Nick Bassill

Here are Six Policy Initiatives proposed by to the help the Middle Hood. Have some more?

Is Education a Silver Bullet for Fixing the Economy?

Richard Kirsch | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Is the president's assertion that the path to the American Dream in the new global economy depends on providing every child with a good education true?

Success: Another Definitional Problem

Job Creators Network | Posted 10.02.2012 | Business
Job Creators Network

To indicate a collectivist achievement in personal accomplishment diminishes the individual and the efforts expended and, more importantly, the risks taken.

The Betrayal of the American Dream: Award-winning Reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele on What Went Wrong

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Democracy Now!

As Republicans and Democrats continue disputing who should bear the brunt of the tax burden, Barlett and Steele argue that America's middle class has been decimated over the years due to policies governing not only taxes but also bank regulations, trade deficits and pension funds.