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  • What We Learn From Football

    07/29/2015 12:11:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    In the coming days, a million or more teenage boys will eagerly show up at their high school campuses weeks before regular classes start. They will plan to spend their whole day at school, pay close attention to their instructors, and work as hard as they can. They will spend time in the classroom and time in the field, and they will all be focused on a single, venerable all-American goal: becoming part of a winning football team. Football is America's greatest game for boys, not only because of the lessons it teaches but also because of the broad range...
  • The New American Dream Under Obama: Renting

    06/22/2015 4:27:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/21/2015
    The heavy federal hand in the housing market has been a disaster. Despite spending more than $13,000 for every household, Washington has record low homeownership to show for it, even among the middle class. In fact, a just-released report by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies not only finds more middle-class families renting but many also struggling to make rent, as homeownership rates plunge lower than ever. This is as shocking as it is depressing. It used to be that the middle class owned homes. Now it's increasingly feeling "the strain of rising rents," the reports says, as foreclosures and...
  • The American dream is dead, but I will bring it back: Donald Trump announces for President

    06/16/2015 9:16:16 AM PDT · by xzins · 519 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 Jun 15 | Spargo & Corcoran
    Donald Trump is running for president. The multi-billionaire announced his presidential plans today from his namesake tower in New York City. Trump, 69, was introduced by his daughter Ivanka as he formally declared his 2016 intentions, descending down an escalator with wife Melania to speak to the gathered crowd. In his remarks he attacked the Obama administration on everything from immigration and terrorism to Obamacare and the job market as he promised to bring back the American dream. He also released his financial information, revealing a net worth of $8.7billion. 'We need somebody that literally will take this country and...
  • Maglite's Tony Maglica: Torchbearer of the American Dream

    05/20/2015 4:37:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    n our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin: Nihil boni sine labore. It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite flashlight. The spry 84-year-old founder and CEO of Mag Instrument still traverses his 450,000-square-foot factory floor dozens of times over the course of his 12-hour workday, six days a week, beginning at the crack of dawn and ending after most of his 800 employees have clocked out. I...
  • OpEd: Latinos Fit Right In, See Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2015 | BY STEPHEN A. NUŃO
    With the announcement of Ted Cruz's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and his speech at the convocation of the ultra-conservative Liberty University, the country finds itself jilted to the right on the ideological spectrum. Ted Cruz is quite the curious ideological torchbearer precisely because he is Latino. The general assumption in politics is that growing Hispanic Latino participation in politics will only mean an ideological shift to the left. This makes Ted Cruz' candidacy a welcome reminder that Latino candidates won't, for good or bad, necessarily stray from traditional American politics any time soon. The son of Cuban immigrants...
  • Proud to be an American

    03/23/2015 9:54:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/15 | David Coughlin
    The American Dream is still alive and well, a beacon of freedom, and will always attract new immigrants to be future productive citizens. I am proud to be an American, and proud of this nation’s history, culture, and accomplishments! America is a melting pot of immigrants who brought rich heritages to our shores, became immersed in American culture, and worked hard to achieve the American Dream. My first ancestor came to this continent ten generations ago, and the arrival of my most recent ancestor was four generations ago, so I consider myself an American-American! As far as I am concerned,...
  • The Guest Scold [HBO's John Oliver, host of "Last Week Tonight"]

    01/05/2015 2:13:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | January 5, 2015 [from the Dec 22, 2014 issue of NR | Charles C. W. Cooke
    ".........In a segment that aired last July, Oliver griped that Americans were too “optimistic” about their prospects. Rather than attempting to maintain the circumstances in which they might eventually “make it,” Oliver proposed,voters should instead be looking to the state for their sustenance,requesting their lawmakers to take steps to close the “income gap.” To make his case, Oliver relied heavily on a Pew Research Center study that found that as many as 60 percent of Americans believe that they can still get ahead if they are willing to work hard. This,Oliver spluttered, was absurd. Thus did we see a man...
  • UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream

    11/28/2014 9:42:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 11/26/2014 | Steve Large
    DAVIS (CBS13) — A UC Davis economics professorhas determined there is no American Dream. Gregory Clark is sharing his research as a hard truth with no hope—whether or not you can get ahead in America is as predictable as any formula. In fact, he says, the formulas for social mobility in the United States show there’s nothing to dream about. “America has no higher rate of social mobility than medieval England, Or pre-industrial Sweden,” he said. “That’s the most difficult part of talking about social mobility is because it is shattering people s dreams.” Clark crunched the numbers in the...
  • Rebuilding After The Riots: Ferguson Cake Shop Owner Grateful to Fellow Americans

    11/27/2014 11:59:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Natalie Dubose is a single mother of two living and working in Ferguson, Missouri. Dubose runs her own cake shop in the city called Natalie's Cakes and More, a business she dedicated all of her resources to in order to make a living. Dubose started her cake business by renting out a booth at the local flee market every weekend, selling her product and eventually saved enough money to open up a store, which had it's grand opening in August. Despite pleading with protestors, her store was severely damaged in riots Monday night, but thanks to the generosity of fellow...
  • What an Intact Family Has to Do with the American Dream, in Six Charts

    The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary Americans and their families paint a bleak picture of stagnancy, rising economic inequality, joblessness, and low levels of economic mobility. From President Barack Obama’s speech last year at the Center for American Progress to Fed chairman Janet Yellen’s address this month in Boston, we’re getting the picture that the American Dream looks to be in bad shape. These portrayals contain an important germ of truth — today’s economy isn’t doing ordinary Americans many favors — but what is largely missing from the public conversation about economics in America is an honest...
  • Driving the American Dream

    07/03/2014 4:26:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    As we gather with family and friends this week to mark the Fourth of July, let us keep in mind the defining value that sets this nation apart – the founding principle that stands as our greatest cause for pride and celebration: that every American deserves an equal opportunity to achieve a happy and fulfilling life. Equality of opportunity is the driving force behind the American Dream. Yet while this Dream was born on a July day in 1776, one of its greatest strides toward full realization came on a July day in 1964. The enactment of the Civil...
  • American Dreaming

    04/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Did you know that I started Facebook? Really! Well, sort of ... When I was in college at all-male Princeton, I tried to make money by adding photos to a snarky guide to neighboring girls' schools. The guide had been a profitable publishing success, and my idea was simply to add the girls' pictures. Schools like Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, etc., already published those pictures, so all I had to do was get permission from administrators at those schools. Surprisingly, they gave it to me. Unfortunately for me and my "Face Book," there was no Internet then. So I don't...
  • Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged

    04/21/2014 2:30:54 PM PDT · by thackney · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | Walter Hamilton
    The number of Californians 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes has surged in recent years, reflecting the grim economic aftermath of the Great Recession. Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It's a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life. She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters...
  • If this doesn't motivate Americans to believe they can be and do anything then nothing will...

    03/19/2014 2:22:31 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-19-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I mean...honestly...who isn't inspired by this?!?;-)
  • Daring to Love Your Dream

    03/13/2014 11:01:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true (yes, he met and even exceeded all criterion). As a child, I spent hours staring up into the sky, watching the clouds, dreaming of what might be one day. As I grew older, I became more grounded in reality -- the reality of college, graduate school, working and children. As my husband and I have watched our children (now 12 and 14) grow, the...
  • What happened to the American Dream?

    03/12/2014 11:39:22 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Is the American Dream becoming her nightmare?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDMSbm8s81g] Video linkLife, liberty and the pursuit of happiness property were once major components of a widely held American dream. We were to be in control of our own lives, with liberty to pursue by lawful means whatever we desired -- not to have it provided by a benign, all-knowing and increasingly powerful Government and not to be told how, where or when we were to be allowed to pursue it. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CDFxeB7Y-s?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkWith increasing power, Government and media can mold our individual dreams to the extent that those counter to the prevailing...
  • Time for a Statue of Responsibility

    03/10/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor and author of Man's Search for Meaning, once observed: “Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” Liberty and responsibility are both critical in preserving our republic, but the chances of America, much less California, allowing such a tribute to personal responsibility to be erected seems little to none. Nowhere is the absurdity of our entitlement age more evident than the...
  • Is the American Dream Dead?

    02/13/2014 11:39:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Culture Challenge of the Week: No Future for our Kids? President Obama recently warned Americans that too many members of our society never climb the ladder to success—they’re defeated before they even begin. When children have no future, it poses “a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.” He actually got that right. According to a recent Pew study, “[m]ore than 40 percent of Americans raised in the bottom quintile of the family income ladder remain stuck there as adults.” It’s a tragedy to see human potential go to...
  • What Drives Success? (Why are some ethnic groups in America doing better than others?)

    01/27/2014 12:52:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2014 | Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
    A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better”...
  • O’TOOLE and SCHIFF: Do single-family homes threaten the planet?

    11/20/2013 5:51:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-19-13 | Randal O'Toole and Damien Schiff
    A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and...
  • Hey GOP: Put On A Happy Face

    10/29/2013 7:06:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    "Bye Bye Birdie" is an old musical that survives in high school productions and in some people's memory bank. It debuted on Broadway in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963. One of the songs from the show might serve as an inspiration, if not a theme, for Republicans in the winter of their discontent over President Obama and congressional Democrats: "Put on a Happy Face." A problem Republicans have had since the "glory days" of Ronald Reagan is that too many have forgotten how to be positive and affirming. Nobody likes to be around a sourpuss....
  • 25 Stats That Prove That The American Dream Is Being Systematically Destroyed

    10/24/2013 3:08:27 PM PDT · by alexmark · 13 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Michael Snyder
    The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America The 25 statistics that you are about to read are solid proof that the middle class in America is being systematically wiped out. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world. It seemed like almost everyone owned a home, had a couple of nice vehicles and could provide a very comfortable lifestyle for their families. Sadly, that has all changed. In America today, prices are rising at a very brisk pace but incomes are not....
  • The Alien Plight

    07/06/2013 5:39:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    GALWAY, Ireland -- The intense debate over immigration reform in the USA has riveted many in this bucolic area in the west of Ireland. That's because in addition to millions of Hispanic aliens, a significant number of Irish would benefit from immigration clarity. Just ask anyone in the Woodside section of Queens, New York. The census estimates that there are nearly 35 million Americans of Irish descent living in America, and many of them had ancestors who fled to the United States to save their lives. The vicious Irish famine reached its height in 1847 as hundreds of thousands of...
  • Solving the Immigration Puzzle

    06/16/2013 7:58:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Many people are very optimistic regarding the possibility of a comprehensive immigration bill passing through Congress and being signed by the President. The prospects are good, but there are many stumbling blocks ahead. If we heed a couple of simple principles, we will be able to revamp a broken system that does not serve the American people. There are many challenges that have developed in the 27 years since we last passed a comprehensive law to deal with immigration. We have an almost nonexistent ability to track people who come here on restricted visas and do not comply with the...
  • The saddest, albeit possibly most accurate short message you will read

    06/03/2013 10:44:45 PM PDT · by Alaska Wolf · 44 replies
    The Coffee Shop ^ | March 25, 2013 | a USMC Vet
    The saddest, albeit possibly most accurate short message you will read The American Dream ended (on November 6th) in Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind. A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood , uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America . The Cocker Spaniel is...
  • The American Who Tells Russia How Bad Things Are in America.

    04/21/2013 2:25:01 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 18, 2013 | Alan Cullison
    Moscow Radio's Tim Kirby Says the American Dream Is Better Found in Russia MOSCOW—In Russia, the voice of America is strong again. Alexander Nefyodov hears it every Thursday when he tunes in from the Arctic port city of Murmansk. "It's so interesting to hear from an American about how America really works," he says. It isn't quite the radio of days past. Soviet-era beacons like Radio Liberty and the BBC have lost their place on Russian airwaves, and now the Kremlin is offering a fresher voice: Tim Kirby, an expatriate from the suburbs of Cleveland, who says he wants Russian...
  • To the Farmer in All of Us

    02/11/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Thanks to radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey's down-to-earth sense of America's heartland, Super Bowl viewers experienced an emotionally charged reminder of the values that made America what it is. The Dodge ad that honored the farmer proved to be one of the best commercials of the day. It wasn't just farmers who felt its impact, because as the ad so rightly expressed, its tribute was "to the farmer in all of us." When you take out the specific reference to farmers in the ad's script, the values remain: "On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise...
  • The American dream is alive and well — in Canada

    11/21/2012 7:06:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | 11/21/2012 | Jesse Kline
    Speaking at an event in Burlington, Ont., on Monday, Liberal Senator Art Eggleton warned the audience about the growing level of income inequality in Canada. “I think our future level of prosperity depends on us addressing our current level of poverty,” he said. And who would disagree? Most people would prefer not to live in a society where people suffer in poverty. But, he continued, “I think in the income inequality context we are able to reach out to a much larger part of the population, who see the unfairness in the way we are going and the danger in...
  • Ryan: It's Time to Restore the American Dream

    08/11/2012 4:37:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking before a packed crowd on the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia today, Rep. Paul Ryan proudly accepted his invitation to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee and running mate. The location of the announcement was picked based on Norfolk’s long history of defending freedom. The theme of the announcement was focused heavily on protecting and restoring the American Dream. “It’s an honor to announce my running mate and the next [vice] president of the United States, Paul Ryan,” Romney said in front of a roaring crowd waving American flags. Romney introduced Ryan as a man of character and principle,...
  • President Obama related to country’s first enslaved man

    07/31/2012 12:41:59 PM PDT · by TopDeadCenter · 92 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 31-July-2012 | Claudine Zap
    A study from Ancestry.com has determined that President Obama is related to John Punch, the first black African enslaved for life in America--which would make Punch the 11th great-grandfather of Obama. The connection is made through Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunhan. The website's records say she had ancestors who were white landowners in Colonial Virginia who descended from an African man, Punch. According to the site's press release, Punch tried to escape indentured servitude in colonial Virginia in 1640 and was punished by becoming enslaved for life. The records show that Punch had children with a white woman, and her...
  • Van Jones: Death to the 'great white suburbs'

    03/21/2012 10:37:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 68 replies · 4+ views
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | Kristinn
    In a speech with racist overtones given at the Hawaii Capitol Tuesday evening attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie (D), former Obama appointee Anthony K. "Van" Jones spoke at a rally to promote so-called economic justice and fairness by legislating a green energy State Partnership Bank about his being glad that (according to Jones) the'great white suburbs' of the American dream are 'dying.' Jones' speech was reported by Malia Zimmerman of The Hawaii Reporter: In his keynote, Jones did not directly address the bank legislation or other legislation pending in Hawaii. Instead he spoke of the dream being “under threat.” “Not...
  • Obama peddles modest American dream

    02/21/2012 11:28:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    My Way News ^ | February 21, 2012 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - This time around, President Barack Obama's message can sound decidedly down-to-earth. Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He's focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement. What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is...
  • A Generation Losing Hope: The Shattering of the American Dream

    01/25/2012 2:21:25 AM PST · by OwenKellogg · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2012 | Frank Ryan
    Before our very eyes, a generation of Americans is losing faith in the American dream and adopting attitudes and behaviors that emphasize living for the day, not planning to take care of their own futures. They clearly see the problems ahead and draw rational conclusions. Most of our problems have been caused by government. The unintended consequences of poorly thought out legislation or legislation designed merely to garner votes for re-election is wreaking havoc on economic opportunity for our country. ..... It is time that we demand that our nation re-establish its moral compass. It is essential that we reward...
  • The New American Dream: Rent, Don’t Buy

    01/04/2012 4:18:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 01/04/2012 | By STEVE YODER
    Call it the Big Selloff—America is headed toward a future in which fewer people own the spaces they call home. The effective homeownership rate, which excludes borrowers whose homes are underwater, stands at 62 percent, down from 69 percent in 2006, according to a 2010 report by the New York Federal Reserve. As more people move from owning to renting, apartment vacancy rates have fallen fast, from 8 percent in 2009 to 5.6 percent in third quarter 2011. That’s pushed up rents in all markets by 2.5 percent, including apartments and single-family homes, to an average of $846 nationwide, according...
  • Chinese Immigrants Are Fleeing Back To China Because 'The American Dream Is Dead'

    11/16/2011 10:07:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/16/2011 | Gus Lubin
    Chinatowns around America have shrunk during the past decade, and Chinese immigration has declined since 2006. Why? Because Chinese think the American Dream is dead. (Or, more pertinently, has moved to China.) The Atlantic's Bonnie Tsui talked to a few people at a career center in San Francisco's Chinatown to get a sense of the exodus. Of course it is centered around jobs. Lately, [Career Counselor] Yu has been seeing a shift; rather than coming, her clients have been going—in pursuit of what might be called the Chinese Dream. “Now the American Dream is broken,” [Chinese immigrant] Shen tells me...
  • How To Make A Socialist Utopia (pic)

    11/07/2011 1:05:36 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-7-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Herman Cain: The American Dream has been Hijacked!

    La Marque, TX – On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Republican Presidential Front-runner Herman Cain delivered a powerful speech thirty-two minute speech to the Clear Lake Tea Party. His broad speech covered a variety of topics ranging from the economy to leadership and everything in between. This is the opening three minutes of that speech:
  • Occupy Astroturf

    10/17/2011 8:10:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Rolling It Up the Hill ^ | October 17, 2011 | Sisyphus
    It is ironic that, as the President predictably endorses the violent, odiferous Occupy Astroturf movement, the demand was emitted for a trillion dollars to be spent repairing the environment. I knew they were disgusting, but in such few numbers their impact can’t be that bad.Some commentators have noted the irony of these dedicated and sincere foot soldiers of the Left decrying Wall Street while lauding Wall Street’s most notorious hired gun (which they, again ironically, share with Big Labor), Barack Hussein Obama.The real irony, of course, is in the pundits’ own failure to recognize the classic third year of a...
  • The American Dream: Sick but not Dead

    09/18/2011 9:02:31 AM PDT · by Kim Dylan · 7 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | Seth Forman
    "The suburban dream house is the idealization of every immigrant's Dream -- the vassal's dream of his own castle," wrote Italian-born immigrant Edgardo Contini. "Europeans who come here are delighted by our suburbs. Not to live in an apartment! It is a universal aspiration to own your own home." Today, those aspirations have become extremely difficult for vast numbers of young people and newcomers to fulfill.
  • Text of the Recently Unveiled Liberal: CONTRACT FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM (rebuttals welcome)

    08/09/2011 10:33:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice . . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract...
  • Former Obama Adviser Brews A Different Tea Party (Van Jones)

    07/31/2011 2:36:09 PM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/31/11 | NPR
    Van Jones was President Obama's special adviser for "green" jobs when he was hit with a wave of criticism from conservative pundits about his past associations. The controversy forced him to leave his post in September 2009, but it wasn't the last we'd hear of him. That same conservative wave went on to make a major splash in Congress through the Tea Party. Jones decided to fight back, founding a group called the "American Dream Movement." Some people call Jones' group a liberal version of the Tea Party. His inspiration, he tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz,...
  • Half of U.S. Households Are Just Hanging On

    04/22/2011 7:10:44 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 28 replies
    Conclub ^ | 04-22-11 | Jack Curtis
    The days an average American could expect to work, save and leave his kids a bit of wealth have gone into history; middle class Americans have little to pass on but their debts. Neither will the American Dream return for their children nor for their grandchildren. America has voted F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom for itself and that’s a one-way road. Here’s the picture: 1. Government taxes away 28% of the average taxpayer’s income. 2. Federal regulation costs consumers $1.187 trillion per year on top of taxes. 3. Real inflation costs us about 6% of our purchasing power annually. Add:...
  • Blaze Exclusive: International Socialists Orchestrate Unions‘ Rally to ’Save the American Dream’

    02/26/2011 8:04:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 25, 2011 | Meredith Jessup
    Last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for “One Nation.” Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to “renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.” On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions are reportedly planning...
  • Sponsors of the Moveon.org 'Rally to save the American dream' rally on Saturday. (Counter Protest!)

    02/25/2011 8:56:50 AM PST · by invaderzim · 20 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 02.25.11 | Hear Us Now
    SEIU, AFL-CIO, Progressive States, Democracy for America... a few of the many. http://hearus-now.org/?p=1636
  • We Still Hold These Truths (Video)

    11/26/2010 8:02:54 AM PST · by shibumi · 10 replies
    Heritage foundation via YouTube ^ | November 19, 2010 | The Heritage Foundation
    In a world of moral confusion, and of arbitrary and unlimited government, America's founding principles are our best access to permanent truths and the best ground from which to question the current direction of our nation. Join Matt Spalding, author of We Still Hold These Truths and an authority on American political thought and religious liberty at The Heritage Foundation, as he highlights some everyday Americans on a journey to reclaim our future. Click the URL for the link.
  • Is the American Dream Over? (NO! Decline does not have to be inevitable!)

    11/09/2010 7:41:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2010 | Steve McCann
    A major topic of conversation within the corridors of power in Europe and Asia is the decline and potential end of the United States as a major global economic power. This is in part a reaction to the desperate and foolhardy monetary policies of the Federal Reserve, trying as they are to mitigate the effect of enormous national debt and a restructured economy bequeathed to the American people by the "progressives" in the governing class over the past fifty years. But it is also a realization of what will happen to the global economic structure if the United States does...
  • Obama's Grand Strategic Error

    11/03/2010 1:04:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 03, 2010 | Christopher Chantrill
    So President Obama really is a socialist after all. According to Stanley Kurtz in Radical-in-Chief the young Obama went to socialist conferences in the 1980s and then became participant in the extensive socialist community in Chicago. In the aftermath of the historic midterm elections it's safe to say that, whether the president really is a socialist or not, Americans don't care. Whether or not he walks and talks like a socialist, they just don't hold with a president in the White House that governs like a socialist. You can judge the depth of their displeasure for yourself by comparing the...
  • Yes, Virginia the American Dream is in its final Death Throes under Obama

    09/22/2010 8:20:31 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 9/22/10 | Alaphiah
    The American Dream is essentially Dead and Barry Hussein Soetoro killed it on purpose. The American Dream essentially was the promise of upward social and economic mobility irrespective of one’s station in life or bloodline. In other words, the dream was that one could achieve anything, based on ones intellect, ingenuity and the sweat of one’s brow. In the president’s weekend CNBC staged town hall meeting, he attempted to defer all blame from himself and his Party and place that blame squarely on his political foes. However if one remembers Sen. Soetoro campaigned for the presidency on the theme of...
  • $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    09/20/2010 1:22:20 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    wcbm.com ^ | Sept 20 2010 | wcbm.com
    $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8
  • The Un-American Dream (End Washington Home ownership crusade. It is NOT the American Dream)

    08/30/2010 7:14:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/29/2010 | Don Watkins and Yaron Brook
    When the housing boom went bust and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed, forcing taxpayers to cough up $150 billion and counting, Washington should have reconsidered its policy of promoting homeownership. It hasn't. Last Tuesday, Tim Geithner led a summit to determine the future of Fannie and Freddie. According to Geithner, "We will not support returning Fannie and Freddie to the role they played before conservatorship." We should hope not. But Geithner hastened to add that Washington would still play an important role in housing. "I believe there is a strong case to be made for a carefully...