We Americans are less wealthy. But for the foreseeable future we are going to spend more in the reasonable hope that in the more distant future we will be spending less while having more. This is the new American Dream.
Will our children own their own homes? Will they find jobs, and keep them? Will they be able to give their children the advantages they, themselves, enjoyed? Will they figure it out? Will they find a chair when the music stops?
Third World America -- it's a jarring phrase, I know, but I decided to make that the title of my new book as a warning -- to make it clear that if we don't change course that could very well be our future.
After a long and grueling contest of wills and words, the Senate approved the extension of unemployment benefits. As happens too frequently on Capitol Hill, this was a case of time, energy, and talent substantially misspent.
21st Century Citizens are willing to roll up their sleeves, join arms and to work collaboratively and constructively with each other to renew America and the American Dream. They are willing to stand up and speak out.
Talk to Pharrell Williams for five minutes, and you'll instantly understand his need to work with others, push himself and expand his repertoire. It all comes down to his perception of the American Dream, and how he chooses to lives it.
We cannot let the message machine of the Republican Party lull voters into universal amnesia. Remember these are the same guys that put the nails in the coffin cementing the potential extermination of the middle class.