Is The American Dream An Impossible One?

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Poverty in America
Oralia Soledad Jimenez
Cesar Chavez Learning Academy - Teacher Prep Academy

Is the American Dream an Impossible One? Can we keep the American Dream alive or is it already dead? People tend to be quite judgmental when it comes to wealth and poverty. A timely and important contribution to the discussion about the changing nature of poverty in the U.S. The American Dream is the belief that if you work hard if you are blessed with at least a modicum of ability and have a little luck, you can succeed. It is the dream of upward mobility for oneself, or at least for one 's children. We all keep saying that we are going to end the suffering for all those who are in poverty but we usually don 't keep our word for it, not only
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Instead of having to help those in need they rather put their efforts A third writer, Max Rose and Frank R. Baumgartner, states that a public policy toward the poor has shifted from an initial optimism during the War on Poverty to an ever-increasing pessimism. In their first two statements, "Beginning in the earliest years, but accelerating in the 1970s, public discussion of the poor began to focus on the poor as cheaters, as lazy or unwilling to work, and on the dysfunctions of government efforts to help them." and in the second statement, "Advocates for greater aid to the poor often focus on structural factors that make it difficult for individuals to find jobs in an increasingly advanced economy.". This is probably a way of saying that those in high power may not be interested in helping those that don 't seem to be helping themselves. In Max Rose and Frank R. Baumgartner, next two statements, "The poor needed to work harder, to throw off their pessimism about their chances in the American economy, and to free themselves from dysfunctional government programs that encouraged laziness, the breakup of families, and dependency." and in the other, "Remarkably similar trends, suggesting that media attention to the War on Poverty was not the invention of a single newspaper but truly reflected a national mood toward greater concern during the period of heightened governmental …show more content…
Hall, and Michael E Howell-Moroney, states that to understand the role poverty plays in mitigating economic development will help to inform states as they improve policies designed to address social and economic policy goals simultaneously. In their first two statements, "Understanding the role poverty plays in mitigating economic development will help to inform states as they improve policies designed to address social and economic policy goals simultaneously." and in the second statement, "Economic development and poverty are often discussed in concert, with economic development usually presented as a mechanism for alleviating poverty, but with little recognition that poverty might itself impede development efforts.". No matter how hard we try to have the poor to stop expanding there 's really no point to an end for the poverty to cease from existence. In Jeremy L. Hall, and Michael E Howell-Moroney, next two statements, "Whereas, job creation and welfare may have been the path to addressing poverty in the past, in today 's economy welfare and investments in educational opportunity for low-income persons may be the only solution." and in the other, "To recapitulate, the poverty and economic development literatures present poverty reduction as one possible outcome of economic development efforts, though such efforts often focus on job creation with an assumed, though not realized, linkage between jobs and poverty.". Thinking to have an education

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