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American Dream

Lighting a Few Bright Candles

Peter Samuelson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

Continuous observation suggests that leaving vast sums of money to one's kids is to place a curse on their heads that will more likely challenge than nurture them. So what does one do with the rest?

Enough Already!

Gary Shapiro | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Enough already! Americans want our political leaders to stop fighting and cut a debt limit deal. While Americans are concerned about jobs, our leaders...

Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare

George Lakoff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The democracy of care, shared responsibility, and trust is the democracy of the American Dream. The "democracy" of no care, no shared responsibility, and no trust has produced the American Nightmare that so many of our citizens are living through.

Immigration and Birthright Citizenship: Constitutional and Personal Narratives

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

A Better Life show that the dreams of immigrant parents for their children, and the struggles of such children to forge their own identities, are not just Latino, Asian, European, or African immigrant stories. These are American stories.

The American Dream: Latest Edition

Michele Weldon | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Michele Weldon

The American Dream has become a muddled enterprise. Tossed around in campaign rhetoric, some label it a political notion. Others connect it to financial prosperity and the equation of education plus job plus home-ownership.

The Teacher and the American Dream

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

If most of our thought leaders agree that the teacher is the key and the relationship of the teacher to the students is also key, why we are not doing much more to support teachers?

A Fourth of July Miracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.03.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Fourth of July. In Douglaston, Queens this was the day of the annual athletic competition. For some masochistic reason I entered these events every Fourth, and got clobbered time and again by the neighborhood kids.

USA 3.0

Harry Shearer | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

We're three trillion dollars down, the latest reports say, in trying to -- to what? Protect ourselves? Export freedom? Make the world safe for our oil interests? It's hard to know. This America would be impossible for the Founders to recognize.

Back to Where We Started

Mike Lux | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

235 years ago, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to declare independence from Britain. Then as now, the debate raged over equality and democracy and the nature of tyranny.

Celebrating Independence by Seeking to Regain It

David Coates | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Let us, by all means, look backwards this weekend to celebrate the political courage and intellectual honesty of the first generation of independent Americans. But let us also honor them by looking forward, and by showing some courage and honesty of our own.

Finally, Student Voices Enter the Discussion on Education Debt

Ben Mangan | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This country stands at a crossroads with regard to the role that higher education plays. Education debt is a growing barrier to future prosperity.

Don't Default on the American Dream: Democrats Should Hold the Line in Debt Ceiling Talks

Ethan Rome | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The President and Democratic Leaders obviously have a huge responsibility in the debt limit talks. But if there's ever been a time to drive a hard bargain, this is it. There's nothing irresponsible about staring down the Republicans and making them blink.

Do Our Friends' Choices Make Us Regret Our Own?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.28.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Conflicts, particularly between women, have a lot to do with choices: Defending what we've chosen for our lives, and what we've chosen to leave behind.

ReThink Review: A Better Life -- Chasing A Truck and the American Dream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A Better Life reveals the truth that immigrants are perhaps the purest reflection of the American dream, which isn't to become a millionaire, but to improve the lives of their families through hard work.

Lucas Kavner

WATCH: From New York's Town Hall, Van Jones Announces A New 'Moral Movement'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.24.2011 | New York

After resigning from the White House Council on Environmental Quality almost two years ago in the face of a malicious campaign by some top conservativ...

America's Shameful Moments

Jeff Hawkins | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Jeff Hawkins

Like other shameful times in our past, we are in the midst of another sad and shameful period of U.S. history, where promising young lives are being destroyed by bigotry and partisan politics.

Arthur Delaney

Economic Misery Gets A Hearing On The Hill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a vain effort to shift beltway attention away from budgets and deficits to pervasive economic misery, Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin...

Reframing the Deficit Misperception

Max Benavidez | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Max Benavidez

In the 20th century we saw examples of what happened when nations were stripped of their morale and lost their spirit. They fell into fascism or totalitarianism. We need job creation and morale building not deficit reduction.

Is Ending Homelessness Just a Dream?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Like many advocates and community leaders across this country, I dream of the day this nation will house all of our people. No homelessness.

Shanghai's Overweight Population Inches Closer To U.S. Levels: Report

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

A growing supply of cheap food and disposable income has created an obesity problem among China's urban middle-class. According to a recently pub...

Can Architects Fix The Suburbs?

David Glick | Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts
David Glick

On a rainy Saturday in April, black clad city dwellers descended onto the quiet streets of Levittown, NY. Completely out of their element, and disori...

Bush-wacked Americans

Diane Francis | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics
Diane Francis

To find most of the blame for America's unsustainable fiscal situation, one need go no further than George Bush's presidency. The Bush tax cuts of 2...

American Dream Lives On Despite Rising Financial Insecurity: Survey

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

Americans, despite the uncertainty of their own personal finances, continue to have faith in that well-worn concept of an American dream. In a rec...

"Idonomics" and the American Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Over the past 50 years, the pleasure principle -- the id -- has dominated American society. The result has been "idonomics," in which the id dominates not only the marketplace, but also politics, media, technology and even our personal relationships.

Knowing What Matters Most

Kathleen Gurney | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Gurney

We probably can't have it all. But we can have what matters most if we know what that looks like and what it will take to pull it through for ourselves and those we love.