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American Dream

The New American Dream: It's Not What You Think

Adam Levin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that's more than those who dream of owning a home.

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage Now

Ben Mangan | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This notion that opportunity should follow hard work is at the heart of the American economic ethos. While I believe in the power of markets, I also believe that the current minimum wage fails to meet a basic standard of reasonableness, and violates American values.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

The March Was Only a Beginning: Measuring Dr. King's Dream

Ben Hecht | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Hecht

Today, we broadly acknowledge that our diversity is one of our nation's greatest assets. But the full name for the 1963 event was "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." And, examined through that lens, measuring progress on achieving Dr. King's dream becomes much more complex.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

Janet Murguía | Posted 10.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We have a broken immigration system that has failed them and has failed us as a country. I hope Congress will heed the calls this weekend that true justice includes enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Grading Colleges on Access to the American Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America cannot afford to return to the days when only the scions of the wealthiest could attend college. The nation is most prosperous when prosperity is most shared.

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

Why I Support Compassionate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Moises Serrano | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Moises Serrano

I came to the United States when I was eighteen months old. As I moved through public school, I knew that I was different from my classmates -- not only was I hiding that I was an undocumented immigrant, but I was also hiding the fact that I was gay.

We Can Close the Gap Between the American Dream and Reality

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

With political will, America has the ability to promote high and inclusive economic growth, create sustainable jobs, enhance productive opportunities for its citizens, improve public services, and arrest the type of inequality that silently eats away at social integrity and cohesion.

The Indentured Future

Steve Cinelli | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Steve Cinelli

Red has become the new black as debt provides a temporal increase in consumption, while transferring appreciation from labor to the capital side of the economy. Have we created an environment of investment or indenture?

American Dreams Come True

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Parwiz Abrahimi is a brilliant, good-humored grad student at Yale who hopes to break new ground in science and medicine. It can be surprising to learn that when he was a toddler, however, his family was struggling simply to stay alive in Afghanistan.

What Does Equality Mean?

John O'Kane | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
John O'Kane

There's no question that many are down on socialism, or most any other "foreign" ism. But few can have a grasp of what it is. They must be driven by a media-stoked fear of the unknown since the alignment of power in this country now is far from socialistic.

Government Must Be Entrepreneurs' Advocate, Not Adversary

Linda McMahon | Posted 09.29.2013 | Small Business
Linda McMahon

The economy grows when small business owners take a risk -- whether it's launching their own start-up or hiring their first employee or building another factory.

Detroit, General Motors and the American Dream

Steven Conn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Steven Conn

The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.

Obama: Revive the American Dream

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In a speech delivered at Knox College in Illinois, Barack Obama launched his final campaign: a campaign to revive the American Dream. It is worth understanding the scope -- and the limits -- of the president's vision.

The Land of Milk and Honey

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Ann Coulter asked a question in an essay she published online on July 17th: "Instead of turning every story about a black person killed by a white pe...

4 Ways to Increase Your Financial Independence

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

While total freedom from financial obligation is probably an unrealistic goal for most of us, there are still a few steps you can take that will enable you to gain firmer financial footing and leave you less vulnerable in times of financial hardship.

Tonight on the House Floor: Discussing the Economic Impact of Immigration

Rep. Tony Cardenas | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Rep. Tony Cardenas

We're going to start by changing the conversation. It's time to make immigration reform a reality, and it's absolutely time to let people know what that reality will mean for their pocketbooks.

Suburban Dreams And Nightmares

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Arts

By David Rosenberg What defines the American Dream? And can you find it in a suburban home? Disillusioned with her own life in the Silicon Valle...

Betty Sue Flowers: The American Dream and the Economic Myth

Betty Sue Flowers | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Betty Sue Flowers

Property is a thing. Happiness is an ideal, a story of the future created by the imagination. The American Dream, even when it takes material form, is a wish the heart makes in its pursuit of happiness.

The Democracy Gap: Receding or Reseeding Democracy Depends on Your Point of View

Ralph Singh | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Ralph Singh

Perhaps our great society is no longer a full house, but a house of cards -- a bluff that has allowed those in power (holding the cards and the dealers) to rake in money from players who can barely afford to sit at the table. Maybe it's time to change the game, or at least ask, "What price am I willing to pay for liberty and what price am I willing to pay for security?"

What the Twinkie Really Says About America

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.08.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

That was pretty scary. We almost lost him. One day he was riding along just as happy as a Ho Ho, and the next the cruel forces of capitalism almost strangled the legendary confection of sponge cake with cream filling, known as the Twinkie, with its own lasso.

The American Dream

Dustin Farivar | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Dustin Farivar

We all have stories to be proud of. But we often forget, our stories are not competitive or comparative; rather, they are what hold us together. The more I am a part of the American Dream, the more convinced I am that it is alive and well.

Awakening From the American Dream

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

America is the land of the "American Dream." And yet, recent research shows that social mobility is not a vibrant as a Horatio Alger novel implies.