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The American Dream Is Dead: Long Live the American Dream

Evanne Schmarder | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Evanne Schmarder

I love full-timers, but being a generation younger than most of our on-the-road peers puts us into another category -- young, full-time RVers -- and that comes with its own set of rewards and challenges.

A Vision of Giving

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

I'll admit that sometimes my beliefs are questioned, but when I meet people like Mark and Ismini Svensson, I gain a little more faith in the magic of everyday life.

Is the American Dream Becoming Too Materialistic?

Shanzeh Khurram | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Shanzeh Khurram

Unfortunately, the American dream is becoming more and more materialistic. When I look at America today, I see a nation obsessed with shopping and buying unnecessary products.

Infamous Angst: Another View of the State of the Union

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.16.2013 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

There's a little of Christopher Dorner, without the violence, in all of us. That terrible loss of faith in this country expressed in Dorner's manifesto, and experienced daily by many disgruntled Americans these days, is the true state of our union.

Immigration Reform and the American Legacy

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

I never knew my grandparents, but I am living their American Dream.

Getting to We

Bob McKinnon | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Bob McKinnon

President Obama will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. And while the state of our economy may be improving and the state of our standing in the world strong, if he is truly honest he should admit that the state of our union is not where it should be.

Immigrants: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Legal Status?

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Hani Almadhoun

Members of Congress and the president are working toward giving illegal immigrants a legal status. But what will it take for an immigrant 'illegals' or otherwise to becoming an American?

Duck Dynasty and Our Future

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Jeffrey P. Colin

If Duck Dynasty is meant to simply present an ordinary group of simple country people who are living life as they might every day, it clearly is not in line with reality.

Keep Hope Alive

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.02.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Hey, in this country of inflationary inequality, gerrymandering, hanging chads and corporations that are people too, my friend -- the lottery seems to us like the last bastion of true democracy!

We Ain't Dead

Jordan Pease | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Jordan Pease

The American dream is not dead. It has just changed. It has just grown and is now stretched in various eclectic directions. Maybe America wants a pet fish or a loft in the industrial district. Maybe America wants a cabin in Maine with a record player and a stripper pole.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Finding and following my passion and path in life is a bit like that. Scary. Delightful. A struggle, to be sure. But once I dove into that pool, I took to the water. And I kept on swimming.

Opening Doors to the American Dream

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifTransitional jobs programs work to help chronically unemployed people facing barriers to employment get the experience, skills and opportunity they need to enter the workforce.

Drawing Inspiration From Lincoln, King on the Eve of President Obama's Second Inauguration

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As President Obama draws strength from the legacies of Lincoln and King, it is time for us to recommit ourselves to their vision of an America that lives up to its founding promise.

Why We Don't Need A Second 'War On Poverty' (At Least Not Now)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

We don't need a national discourse on poverty but a shift in attention away from disadvantage toward an examination of the concentrated advantages provided to those already flourishing in our society. It then becomes clear that it is not only poverty but inequality that plagues the poor.

Higher Education: The Revolution That Really Matters

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 03.14.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

The promise of online learning is already beginning to show holes, only a year or two after it was held up as the panacea that will make higher education available to all. The problem is money.

An Economy That's Working

Cylvia Hayes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Cylvia Hayes

f we really lean into this we will simultaneously increase prosperity for our people, reinvigorate the American Dream, and restore this magnificent blue planet. This is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime.

The Fiscal Cliff: A Box Office Hit for the Governing Class.

Jeff Faux | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

The latest episode of the political melodrama "Fiscal Crisis" has ended, and the next one -- the vote on the debt ceiling in two months -- is already being promoted. It promises to follow the familiar story line.

Dear Huddled Masses, Please Come to America and Save Us!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

To those 885,800 immigrants who arrived this year (up 110,000 from the year before), I say "Thank you for coming! We welcome and cherish your contributions to our economy. Please ignore the right wing nut jobs who want to send you away.

College Is False Promise For Many Poor Students

The New York Times | Posted 02.21.2013 | Education

Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor -- black boots, chains and cargo pants -- but undermined her pose of alienation with a pla...

The Fool's Guide to Life After School

David Trumble | Posted 02.18.2013 | College
David Trumble

I loosely consider this "The Fool's Guide to Things You Won't Truly Realize for About 10 Years." And like your futures, they shall be told in no particular order.

President Elizabeth Warren

Stephan Richter | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Stephan Richter

2016 will be the year of the woman in U.S. presidential politics. By electing a woman as president in 2016, the United States can finally leave the era of male-dominated politics at the top to Russia and China. Next, imagine that woman is Elizabeth Warren.

Note to Italy: Please Send Us More Saracenos

William K. Black | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
William K. Black

Italians have to choose. They can continue to waste the talents of millions of Italians, particularly their young, through Great Depression levels of unemployment. Alternatively, Italy could decide to end its recession, employ its people and create a group of world class universities.

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Born to Run: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Shaping the U.S. Economy

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Someone might ask 'so what,' but I am asking 'what?' What makes us -- people with accents -- become entrepreneurs here in the United States?

The Latino Vote Goes Far Beyond Immigration

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Is "big" vs. "small" government even a valid question anymore? A robust defense of entrepreneurship and the private sector is still politically popular, but Latinos -- like many younger Americans - don't see this as mutually exclusive with more government.