Sunday, September 28, 2014

Is The American Dream Now A Myth?

What happened to the American Dream?

"'American dream' is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us."

"American dream" is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us
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"Once upon a time, Americans assumed they'd do better than their parents had. Here's why that's all gone away.

"Over the past few years of economic torpor and social despair there’s been a lot of discussion about the death of the American dream. This shouldn’t be surprising. In a time when people feel they can’t keep up or are falling behind, it’s hard to have faith in the idea that everyone can achieve a base level of security and provide for their kids to do better than they did. That was always the deal for working-class Americans, immigrants and middle-class alike.

"Generally, people agree that the lack of social and economic mobility we see today — necessities for the achievement of the American dream — is a result of the dramatic income inequality that’s grown dramatically over the last couple of decades. There’s even a name for this phenomenon called the Great Gatsby Curve, which simply shows that the more income inequality there is, the less social mobility there is. As Tim Noah of the New Republic explained:
"Economists have long suspected that you can’t really experience ever-growing income inequality without experiencing a decline in Horatio Alger-style upward mobility because (to use a frequently-employed metaphor) it’s harder to climb a ladder when the rungs are farther apart. [Economist Alan] Krueger calculates based on the Gatsby curve (admittedly, somewhat speculatively) that 'the persistence in the advantages and disadvantages of income passed from parents to the children' will 'rise by about a quarter for the next generation as a result of the rise in inequality that the U.S. has seen in the last 25 years.'"
"It’s doubtful that more than a handful of average Americans have heard of the Great Gatsby Curve but they do know that they aren’t getting ahead at the same pace as their parents did..."

What's the Conservative version of the American Dream, and how did they destroy its real meaning?

"Conservative Version of American Dream is Working Class Nightmare."

Progressive American Dream vs Conservative American Dream Image


"It’s time to stop pretending that Republicans (and their DLC Corporate Dem enablers) want the American Middle Class to be strong, vibrant and economically-secure, but just hold different ideas than liberals on how to get there. THEY DON’T. Conservative ideology is quite simple, as old as recorded history and can be boiled down to 2 words: CHEAP LABOR – and they won’t stop inflicting their greed-centered policies on us until the middle class are permanently relegated to status Conservatives consider their natural 'place' – compliant Serfs.

"One doesn’t have to stretch their imagination too far to glimpse this Republican vision of our future – just turn back the clock to the “Gilded Age” – when super-rich robber barons controlled their operatives in government, lived in opulence while lording over the common people..."

But the Cons' dream of the preservation of life couldn't go wrong, and our children will make our dreams come true...

"Pro-Life? GOP Promotes Nine Out Of Ten Things That Cause Death In Unborn Children."

"Since it is all but impossible to debate a republican or a Tea Partier on any topic without having the subject instantly turned to “killing the unborn,” this list is one that is meant to help those on the left regain control of the conversation. It includes the ten leading causes of pregnancy termination and infant death, nine of which involve policies that are supported and even promoted by the GOP.

"Assuming that there are at least a few members of the GOP or the Tea Party who really do want to 'protect the unborn' and aren’t just trying to control women and send them back to their 'rightful place in society,' (which of course is barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen), this list could help open their eyes to the lack of sincerity coming from their party’s mostly male leadership.

"Anyone who truly wants to “protect life” should understand that to single-mindedly focus on one cause of death in the unborn, pretending that it is the only thing that 'kills the unborn,' is not a reasonable way to address the issue. The truth is that GOP policies have killed more unborn fetuses and newly born infants, than all of the abortions performed on earth, in the history of the world, combined.

"10 causes of death in unborn children.

"1. Natural Causes: If human life begins at conception (as most republicans insist it does) then at least 50 to 75 percent of all human life ends within the first month after conception, naturally. The woman’s body expels the 'unborn life' through her menstrual cycle, in most cases never even realizing that she was pregnant. It’s interesting to note that the rate of these 'natural deaths' is greatly reduced by the use of birth of control, since it prevents conception to begin with..."

But you know how the Conservative Sheeplets care about our dreams...

Or do you? Here's how it works in the real world where dreams are snuffed out by the Cons...


Have the Conservatives really destroyed the American Dream?  Is it too late for the rest of us, the 99 percent of us that have tried to play the game according to the rules?

From the election of Richard Nixon until now, the Cons - pun intended - have succeeding in eroding the dreams of "American Exceptionalism" and along with it, the middle class.

That must be what the Cons mean when they deny that there are classes in America.

We can find out by criminalizing Conservatism, or else we'll probably die trying to dig ourselves out of the hole that the Cons have relentlessly dug for us...


"When  nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung."

Henry Ward Beecher.


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