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American Dream

Middle-Class Homeownership Dream May Be Slipping Away

The Arizona Republic | Catherine Reagor | Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

The American dream of homeownership has been evolving since just after World War II, when the middle class started to grow and mortgages became more a...

The American Dream, Politics, and the Protesters

Michael Ford | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Michael Ford

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.

It's Time Washington Saves the American Dream

Jose Hernandez | Posted 12.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Jose Hernandez

The son of migrant-farm workers, I was able to rise from the fields of California and touch the sky on the Space Shuttle Discovery as an Astronaut, a lifelong goal I was able to achieve thanks to the promise of the American Dream.

No More Jobs

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America and the world need extraordinary Americans. Steve Jobs showed us that the future belongs to those who can envision and create it and not to those who are mired in the past and define themselves by limits rather than possibilities.

The American Ambivalence Towards Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Here are some absolutely undeniable givens that prove Americans don't care about education.

Can America Survive Without Steve Jobs?

Adam Kleinberg | Posted 12.06.2011 | San Francisco
Adam Kleinberg

Steve represented the best of America. The underdog who stood bravely in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges and won. The consummate innovator. As Steve leaves us, we are left to wonder if that American Dream will disappear with him.

Tyler Kingkade

Unemployed Lobby Super Committee Members During Rally At Capitol | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Linda Evans cried Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol building as she described the unemployment crisis and her own struggle to find work...

How to Create American Jobs

Zvi Or-Bach | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Zvi Or-Bach

There exists a budget-neutral initiative that Congress could enact today to help our companies better compete globally so they can grow and create more and better American jobs. That initiative is to reform our broken immigration laws.

Tyler Kingkade

Van Jones: Progressives Should Be Like The Tea Party | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former White House environmental adviser Van Jones is calling on progressive activists to be more like the Tea Party in order to take ba...

America's Best Days are Ahead

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Instead of supporting legislation to solve the jobs crisis, right-wing pundits and politicians are encouraging this gloom by claiming America is in "decline." These critics are cynical and wrong.

Resurrection Of The American Undead: A Universal Rosh Hashanah Message

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

America as a whole can find enrichment from this week's Rosh Hashana holiday, whose central theme is a wakeup from lethargy and stagnation.

American Dream Still Includes Home Ownership, But Not McMansions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

Americans have been skittish about buying new houses since the collapse of the real estate bubble. But they remain committed to the idea of home owner...

Even Rick Perry Knows Obama's Plan Isn't Class Warfare

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Just the other day in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry said America is a classless society? It's too bad the Texas governor didn't alert the Republicans in Congress before they started mouthing off about how President Obama's tax proposals are "class warfare."

Believers Keep Faith In American Dream Despite Recession

David Briggs | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

More than half of Americans who are convinced God has a plan for their lives still strongly believe that "Anything is possible for those who work hard."

Taylor Made: How One Man's Dream Redefined the American Idol

Cicily Janus | Posted 11.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cicily Janus

Hats off to Taylor Hicks for proving the masses wrong, for tailoring a dream to reality and giving us all something to sing for.

50 Years After JFK...

Peter Savodnik | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Peter Savodnik

President Obama is the most Kennedyesque president we've had since John F. Kennedy. Once upon a time, this was a great asset. That no longer looks to be the case.

American Voters Are Killing the American Dream

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Maybe the only answer is that middle-class Americans actually have a death wish when it comes to The American Dream.

Why Does Homelessness Stir Such Anger?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Thirty years ago, the response to homelessness was compassion. Shelters and programs were started by community members that really wanted to help their economically displaced neighbors. Today, compassion fatigue is evolving into anger.

Can America Afford Equality?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.

The Millennial Manifesto: How 80's Babies Can Save the World

Jermaine Spradley | Posted 11.11.2011 | Black Voices
Jermaine Spradley

It's our turn to fulfill the promise of our generation and be the people we were raised to be. My plan is simple. Quit your day jobs.

Earn Serendipity by Embracing Your Immigrant Values

Glenn Llopis | Posted 11.08.2011 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

The American dream needs to be redefined. Its new mantra should be that the American dream is only available to those that are eager to earn serendipity by living their immigrant values so that America itself can reclaim its competitive advantage and prosper once again.

Six Reasons Americans Fall Out Of The Middle Class

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Seems as though the American Dream is just that — a dream. If you were born into a middle class family, there is a high chance t...

Obama Takes the Offensive on Jobs

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

What was needed was a package of proposals that were bold, projected urgency, and will create jobs now. The president delivered.

Generation X Simply Doesn't Get It

Joshua Grant | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Joshua Grant

In a country that is supposed to be so "great," something doesn't add up, and we in Generation Y want to know why.

Wanted: Americans to Rebuild the Dream

Pam Spritzer | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Another Labor Day has passed, but the jobs crisis is far from over. What can we do to salvage the American Dream for the millions of hardworking people for whom life has become a nightmare of struggle and insecurity?