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American Dream

Springsteen's Nebraska and the American Dream

Craig Werner | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Craig Werner

Springsteen investigates in detail, through his music, the idea of "the American Dream." To be more precise, though, Springsteen looks hard at the idea of socioeconomic mobility often associated with the American Dream.

Surprising Share Of Jobless Say American Dream Within Reach

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

Despite the economic hardship that the Great Recession has caused millions of Americans, belief in the American Dream is still alive and well, even fo...

The New Quarter-Life Crisis

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.21.2012 | College
Marian Salzman

With an economic ecosystem as off-kilter as this one, it's just as important to enter college with a game plan as it is to graduate with one. No pressure or anything, but your future hangs on it.

Does America Have Enough to Pay Rent?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

What does it mean to have to pay a larger percentage of your household budget toward keeping a roof over your family's head? Less money for other essentials like medical costs and food.

Plan C Redefines the American Dream

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

It's all about having choices. People have been creative and innovative with their careers since the economic downturn and the Plan C option empowers workers to design a scenario that taps their strengths and plays to their passions like never before.

Keeping a Roof Over Our Heads

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Congress must not let the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act expire at the end of the year. Today 12 million Americans are on the verge of losing their homes because they owe more money than their home is worth.

Why Your Dream Matters

Misha Lyuve | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

Can you imagine how alive and bubbly our planet would be if people just minded their own dreams? That's my dream. And what is yours?

Clash Warfare

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Clash warfare" may appeal to a minority, but it does nothing to respond to the economic and social concerns of the majority of Americans. For them, class warfare is not the issue -- fairness and opportunity are.

The Case of the Disappearing Black and Latino Student: Race and the Achievement Gap at Smith College and Stuyvesant High School

Richard Buery | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Where you stand on the declining numbers of African Americans at Stuyvesant depends on your answers to two questions. First, do you think the small number of black students is a problem? Second, what should we do about it?

The End Of The American Dream?

The Atlantic | Derek Thompson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Money

When older generations wonder what's the matter with Millennials, they often judge their younger cohorts against such financial and social benchmarks ...

How Long Will We Dream?

Wil' Prada | Posted 05.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Wil' Prada

My mother was the Dreamer of a past generation. Her dreams, along with the dreams of countless other mothers and fathers of undocumented youth in this country have gone unfulfilled and have been long forgotten. Dreams that are destined from the beginning to be just that, dreams.

Fantasy, Power And The American Dream

Posted 03.01.2012 | Arts

Laura Krifka works in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography to create fantasies that indulge our desires for power and a stable ...

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Have Kids

David Wygant | Posted 04.30.2012 | Parents
David Wygant

The American dream: suburbs, children, after school activities. It sounds good in principle doesn't it? Let me tell you something -- the other night, I slept through the night.

What America's Manufacturing Sector and Labor Policies Can Learn From Germany

Michael Shank | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The German manufacturing strategy is based on making existing products better again and again, or as a Mercedes ad put it: "We are inventing the car. Since 1886."

Things Should Never Have Reached This Point

George Goehl | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
George Goehl

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can't...

The State of the Union Is Unequal: 10 Things Presidential Candidates Should Know About Inequality

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 02.13.2012 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

As the presidential campaign heats up, here are ten things the candidates should understand about why extreme inequality is toxic for America.

An Open Letter to America

Trisha Ocona Francis | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Trisha Ocona Francis

Why did the banks get billions of dollars in a bailout when many failed, but as a working, tax-paying citizen, my cries were left on deaf ears? How do I get out and become free again? I know everything is a risk including homeownership, and it comes with a lot of sacrifice.

The Very Poor, the Middle Class and the Real Economic Challenge of 2012

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

I don't think Mitt Romney was saying he doesn't actually care about the "very poor." In fact, I believe he does care -- as do most reasonable people. But he clearly doesn't understand what "very poor" means, or how it relates to the middle class today.

American Dream Downgraded to American Whimsical Notion

James Napoli | Posted 04.02.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

The press release goes on to urge Americans to get over themselves, and wake up from their collective dream before the American Whimsical Notion itself gets downgraded to the American Passing Fancy.

Mitt Romney Tells a Huge Lie About Medicare & Social Security

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Shame on Romney for lying to Florida seniors as he cheers on Paul Ryan's plan to take away their health care and retirement security.

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

2008 Obama is Back! And He's Laying Out Plan of Hope

Abby Deely | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Abby Deely

The State of the Union address was one of the most powerful speeches Obama has ever delivered. It seemed to remind all those watching of his powerful "Yes We Can" speech of 2008.

One American Dream Fades -- Will Another Be Born?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

It is a constant theme among Republicans, who criticize President Obama for tearing down national greatness and pride. Yet beyond hope and rhetoric there are some undeniable facts that counter our embrace of the American dream.

The Critical Connection Between Higher Education and the American Dream

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

The American Dream is built on the promise that individuals from all walks of life can find success and prosperity here. That dream has taken some hit...

The Fight To Save The American Dream

www.salon.com | Posted 01.18.2012 | Fifty

If you're part of the one percent, even getting fired comes with a cushion made of eiderdown. GMI, a research company that gets paid to keep an eye on...