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American Dream

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.

Bonnaroo 2013 Reins in the American Dream

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
J.J. Colagrande

Bonnaroo continues to be the biggest and baddest music festival in the U.S. and remains what should be a mandatory rite-of-passage for all those coming-of-age.

The Millennial Minority

Courtney McKinney | Posted 08.20.2013 | College
Courtney McKinney

A lot has been said about Joel Stein's Time piece in which he declares the current generation of young adults the "Me, Me, Me Generation." One thing that continues to bother me is how consistently exclusionary these mainstream conversations are.

Fed Driven

Michael Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As the government's role as economic hall monitor is debated and global markets and foreign economies adjust to their own challenges, our focus is on investing in the old-fashioned companies with strong balance sheets, increasing earnings, strong cash flow, and seasoned management teams.

The American Dream - Is It Still Alive?

Neal Jenson | Posted 08.19.2013 | Small Business
Neal Jenson

Here are a few people who you may recognize from the past. Each had humble beginnings, but still found success and were able to make it big by their hard work.

Let's Restore the American Dream

Ben Mangan | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ben Mangan

It's been a privilege to attend Clinton Global Initiative America, this year in Chicago. Given how meaningfully President Clinton has lived the Americ...

When the Chinese Became Irish

Frank H. Wu | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

In the Tony-nominated Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, there is a wonderful bit of scenery that explains the power of the ...

Change Our Story: How Much Is Enough?

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.

China, Bacon and the Evolution of Uncle Sam

Theodore Johnson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Theodore Johnson

Smithfield's know-how and stature will help the Chinese pork industry combat some of the environmental and quality concerns that have plagued it. For Americans, however, the deal comes at a time when many are wary of China's growing stature.

Helping Provide Teenage With Solutions to Global Violence

Andy Braner | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Andy Braner

I'm a little disillusioned as to how the smartest diplomats in the world are unable to figure out how to come up with some sort of way to create peace.