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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?

Immigrating for the American Dream

Joe Kutchera | Posted 11.02.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Kutchera

Immigrants have sailed to American shores for centuries to escape persecution, create economic opportunity, and pursue the "American Dream." They bring an extraordinary hunger to succeed and a strong belief in our flexible economic system.

A New Voice for Asian Americans

2morrowknight | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
2morrowknight

Eighty years ago, in his best-seller The Epic of America, historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream." He defined it as not merel...

Liberal Ad Campaign: GOP 'Killing The American Dream'

Sam Stein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Sam Stein

WASHINGTON -- Progressive angst over the Obama administration has not necessarily abated since the signing of the debt ceiling deal in early August. B...

Van Jones: Want Jobs? Rebuild the Dream

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Few progressives look to Obama or the major parties for leadership in restoring the middle class and transitioning to a green, just economy. Instead, many are returning to building people's movements. Van Jones is one of them.

Tony & Janina, Chasing the American Dream... Again

Ruth Leitman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Ruth Leitman

I met Tony and Janina Wasilewski on the worst day of their lives -- June 6th 2007. Janina had just exhausted her final stay of deportation and was ordered to deport from the US back to Poland. In 48 hours, she was to leave her life and family in America behind.

Hola: Introducing HuffPost LatinoVoices

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Arianna Huffington

These are really challenging times for millions of Latinos. But as an immigrant to this country I know that the immigrant spirit and resilience that are at the heart of the American experience can help us all overcome whatever obstacles lie ahead and truly move mountains. READ MORE Dispatches From the Changing American Dream: Expanding the National Conversation: Our politicians have chosen to narrow their imaginations, but they can't narrow ours. Even if we can't control how Washington responds to our problems, we still have control over how we respond to them. READ MORE

Feliz Cumpleaños Luis Olmo!

Miguel Ferrer | Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Miguel Ferrer

While Luis Olmo's accomplishments did not change the world in one big bang, they contributed to changing America for the better. And this is what the American Latino experience is all about; what it has always been about.

Rebuilding the Dream of Homeownership for People of Color

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Algernon Austin

A healthy economy and smart financial regulations are necessary for rebuilding the dream of homeownership for African American and Latinos. We know what steps are needed to get there. The question is: will our political leaders take them?

Taking Ownership of the American Dream

Michael Steele | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.

WATCH: Arianna Discusses 'Sugar Babies' On 'TODAY'

Posted 10.03.2011 | Women

This morning on the "Today" show, Arianna Huffington talked to anchor Ann Curry and psychiatrist Gail Saltz about the phenomenon of young women strapp...

The Robin Hood Effect

Peter Samuelson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

I spend a lot of time persuading people that selflessness can be selfish. Arguing self-interest in philanthropy may seem like an oxymoron, but it is often the difference between success and failure in fundraising.