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The Eloquent Presidency

James Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Moeller

Does eloquence ensure a successful presidency? Will Obama's outsized communications abilities allow him to succeed in leading the country back to prosperity? Only time will tell.

Depression in California's Inland Empire Shows Need for Employee Free Choice Act

Tom Woodruff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Woodruff

An economic tragedy is unfolding in the Inland Empire region of southern California. We need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to give workers a realistic shot at the American Dream.

Who Killed The American Dream?

Jonathan Ellerby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Ellerby

Recently, CNN's Jack Cafferty wrote an article about the death (and dying) of the American Dream. I found myself surprised at the shock and insult that I felt when I read it.

The American Dream is Not Dead Yet

Liz Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Hamburg

If demand is there and you have a well-priced business, excellent customer service and a great location, you may be able to create your own American Dream, despite the economy.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa... Until the Bank Forecloses on Mi Casa

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Latinos tend to spend more of their income on housing than other demographics do, and we are more likely to have firsthand experience with the horrific phrase, "subprime mortgage."

America Today -- WTF?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

As we sit around asking, the country is falling in shambles around us. Life preservers are being thrown out to the lucky, well-connected few and most are sitting around saying, "WTF?"

Economic Stimulus: Fixing the Car While We're Driving It

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hoyt Hilsman

The challenge of "fixing a car while we're driving it" is to make sure that we don't let the economy crash while making the fundamental repairs necessary to keep it running well into the future.

A Promissory Note For the American Promise

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kit Gallant

King argued that it was the distorted state of the most fundamental conception of American political and social economy that was, in and of itself, responsible for social and economic injustice.

You Aren't in Kansas Anymore

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

Upon entry to the land of small business, remember people here speak a different language. No one cares what you used to do for Big Name Company. It's up to you to prove your value.

From Nightmares to Dreams Come True

Michael DeJong | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael DeJong

Long gone is the unique American social phenomenon that each new generation will "do better" than the last. Things are starting to feel more like "The Grapes of Wrath" than "The Great Gatsby."

American Values and the Financial Meltdown

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Most of us live overstressed lives and enjoy relaxing with music, sports, even the mindless mischief of Paris Hilton. But is this really what we mean by The American Dream?

Obama and the Jewish Question

Adam Neiman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adam Neiman

Obama's election was liberating in many ways for all of us. For me, as an American Jew, there was a surprise. It was narcissism. Here, in the new world, it wasn't all about us, the Jews.

An American Tune

Anne Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anne Hill

It's one of those weird things, the patriotic hymns of your youth still live in your heart somewhere, despite all the things you learn in the meantime.

The Bailout of Joe the Plumber

Rick Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rick Smith

On 12/1, the U.S. Government seized control of Joe the Plumber, preventing average Joe from falling into bankruptcy. He maintained that he was "just trying to live the American dream".

A Fly in the Anointment: Bobby Jindal as the Republican Obama

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's true! Jindal is young, brown, and the child of immigrants. Since we, too, are young, brown, and the children of immigrants, I guess that means we're voting for Jindal in 2012!

The "American Dream" Needs a Reality Check

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Brett Ashley McKenzie

Anyone who believes the American Dream is solely about wealth, property ownership, or flat screen TVs and flashy cars needs a wake-up call.

Obama Art

Charlotte Appleyard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charlotte Appleyard

Tuesday night's spectacle proved just why Barack Obama has inspired a lot more than most candidates, much of which up until recently had been smart poster-like and kitsch.

It's Bozo The Clown's Fault, Not The "Free Market"

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

The current president's pronouncements that the "free market" isn't at fault for the financial meltdown led me to dig deep, investigate and discover the real culprit: Bozo The Clown.

In Defense of the 2009 (and Beyond) Dream

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Devin

If we can dream it, it is possible. A battle to revitalize the human spirit requires no enemies, and a revolution of peace requires no violence.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

Obama Proves Equality of Opportunity

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

No matter what your name or race is you can make it here. America is for real. The hope is real.

Paris Notebook: Slumber Party for Obama

Elizabeth Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bard

I did not fully understand the power of our inspired cliche; until I moved to a place - even one as civilized as France - where they are not born with it .

Hitting the Reset Button on the 21st Century

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

Maybe we were just behind schedule. Could it be that we simply got a late start launching the real New American Century?

We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Is there any hope? Yes, there is. But that hope does not rest with a president, Congress or the government. And it never has.

Obama's Economic Plan

Lynn Forester de Rothschild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Forester de Rothschild

Regrettably, the road kill of Obama's reckless rhetoric and policies is not the rich taxpayer, but the entire American economy.