The American Dream : Dead, Alive, Or On Hold? Essay

1319 Words May 19th, 2016 6 Pages
We live in a country that is full of opportunity, or so we are told. In early America you had the chance to work hard and become successful, but in today’s society working, hard doesn’t guarantee success. In Brandon King’s article, “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” King believes that the American Dream is more alive than ever but has morphed from people wanting to be filthy rich to wanting a stable, middle class lifestyle (611). The American Dream was this idea that you could go from being dirt poor to rich beyond your wildest dreams if you worked hard. But nowadays, most people don’t strive for that lifestyle. Instead people focus on having a steady career and saving for retirement. Is wanting a steady career really a dream? I don’t believe it is. In other words, according to King, a dream is a reality. These are the reasons as to why the American Dream is hard to achieve, such as the rise in income inequality and decline in economic mobility. These are the reasons as to why I disagree with King that the American Dream is still alive.
Income inequality is one of the reasons why people aren’t achieving the American Dream. When America was created by the founding fathers, the economic gap between the elite and normal citizen was never intended to be an impossible or unrealistic goal. This is why Thomas Jefferson wrote,” The small landholders are the most precious part of a state.” Paul Krugman, an economics teacher at Princeton and at the City…

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