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  • 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...
  • It Is Possible To Lose Your Country

    08/28/2010 1:20:58 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 2 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 08/28/10 | CaroleL
    Dueling rallies in Washington DC may be more exciting than another speech from a politician. The heated debate over building an Islamic Center near Ground Zero may be more inspiring than economic policies. But this week's GOP radio address delivered by Florida's Republican candidate for US Senate Marco Rubio is definitely worth our attention.
  • The Erosion of America's Middle Class

    08/20/2010 2:22:47 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 19th 2010 | Thomas Schulz
    While America's super-rich congratulate themselves on donating billions to charity, the rest of the country is worse off than ever. Long-term unemployment is rising and millions of Americans are struggling to survive. The gap between rich and poor is wider than ever and the middle class is disappearing. Ventura is a small city on the Pacific coast, about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles. Luxury homes with a view of the ocean dot the hillsides, and the beaches are popular with surfers. Ventura is storybook California. "It's a well-off place," says Captain William Finley. "But about 20 percent of...
  • THE AMERICAN DREAM IS A MEXICAN NIGHTMARE (Mexico propaganda)

    08/19/2010 11:17:10 AM PDT · by AuntB · 37 replies
    Nafbpo M3 Foreign News report ^ | Aug. 18, 2010 | NAFBPO/various news reports
    Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 8-16-10 The American Dream is a Mexican nightmare Mexico, D. F. In addressing the nightmare that confronts Mexican immigrants in pursuing the American dream that the undocumented are having going to the United States, the Mexican Human Rights Commission (CODHEM) has launched a program in cooperation with the organization “Apoyo al Migrante” (Help the Migrant), which is a campaign to prevent migration to the United States. The program named “Sueno Americano, Pesadilla Mexicana,” (American Dream, Mexican Nightmare) will take place in public areas of Tejupilco, Luvianos, Amatepec, Tlatlaya, Sultepec, Zacualpan, Texcalititlan, Valle de Bravo, Otzoloapan, Zacazonapan, Ixtapan...
  • Homeownership to decline further, housing analyst predicts

    08/15/2010 12:54:22 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | August 15, 2010 | By Mary Umberger
    Somewhere, somehow, in the last decade the so-called American Dream seemed to insinuate itself into the Bill of Rights. Government policy, among other factors, pushed homeownership to a lofty 68% of all households. That was then. The number has been steadily backsliding in the last couple of years, and housing analyst John Burns says he got "a lot of heat" for his recent report predicting that homeownership would drop below 62% — and maybe further — if the number of "strategic defaulters" who walk away from their underwater mortgages continues to increase, he said. "Homeownership is clearly a value that's...
  • The Livable Communities Act

    08/11/2010 2:57:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2010 | Ed Braddy
    Is the American Dream getting smaller? Are we defining down the tools of opportunity and the pleasures of prosperity? President Obama's flippant dismissal of American Exceptionalism last year stirred a lot of criticism because it suggested he did not believe the United States held a special place in the world. It also suggested America's unique history is, to the President, no big deal. Now with fellow travelers exercising power at all levels of government, progressives can do more than just belittle the idea of American Exceptionalism. They can enact policies to make America unexceptional -- diminishing our quality of life...
  • American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation (Out Of Work for 5 Months Turns Down Job)

    07/07/2010 12:39:11 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 120 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/7/2010 | Yahoo News
    GRAFTON, Mass. — After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room. He had placed it on a small table that his mother had used for a vase of flowers until her unemployed son found himself reluctantly stuck at home. The daily routine seldom varied. Mr. Nicholson, 24, a graduate of Colgate University, winner of a dean’s award for academic excellence, spent his mornings searching corporate Web sites for suitable job openings. When he found one, he mailed off...
  • Illegal Alien/Drug Dealer's Time Worth $145k of Your Money Per Month

    05/09/2010 12:48:58 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 7 replies · 354+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 9, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    Some things are hard to put a price tag on. Love is one. A rainbow is another. Peace of mind is yet a third. There aren't many in that category, and now, thanks to a liberal New York judge and a local community activist, we DO know what an illegal alien drug dealer's time is worth. How much? $145,000 of you money for a month of his time. Per the New York Post, an illegal alien with a long rap sheet was accidentally held at Riker's Island for a month pending deportation. However, the city's internal rule is that no...
  • Contract for the American Dream (Rep. Chaffetz)

    01/29/2010 2:08:07 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 9 replies · 245+ views
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz ^ | January 29, 2010 | Jason Chaffetz
    Restoring Principled Leadership for the United States of America Submitted by Congressman Jason Chaffetz Congressional Action Plan (CAP) for the 112th Congress The American Dream is powerful. It has motivated generations of Americans to contribute to our unparalleled prosperity and quality of life. The American recipe for greatness has always rested on the values of hard work, thrift , perseverance, ingenuity, industry, self-discipline, self-reliance, and dedication. We did not become the greatest country on Earth by entitlement. We worked for it. But when our public policies foster dependence, punish industry, redistribute wealth and limit freedom, we risk compromising the very...
  • American middle class dream is slipping away

    01/27/2010 10:59:50 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 35 replies · 1,085+ views
    Yahoo India News (IANS) ^ | January 27, 2010
    New York, Jan 27 (IANS) The American middle class dream is fast getting out of reach for more and more people as tough economic times take toll on their incomes and quality of life, says a study by the US Commerce Department. More than 90 percent Americans consider themselves to be middle/working class, with only one percent calling themselves 'upper class' and seven percent 'lower class', according to a 2005 survey by the New York Times. But according to the new report titled Middle Class in America, the Americans' dream to reach the middle class is becoming increasingly difficult. The...
  • The American Dream

    01/06/2010 7:48:30 AM PST · by brianhumeck · 2 replies · 221+ views
    The Up Blog ^ | 01/05/09 | Brian Humeck
    The words of Amos ring true today. I like the way he makes a distinction between the “needy” and the “poor”. While the “poor” belong to the “needy” classification, the “needy” include so many more than just those without financial means. “Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’— skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for...