The American Dream Is Dead
by selfevident, Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 11:29:47 AM EST
"Republicans, in their radio response, warned that Democratic spending priorities threaten to destroy the American dream that hard work can build a better life for each successive generation of citizens."
""Now, instead of working hard so our children can have a better life tomorrow, we are asking our children to work hard so that we don't have to make tough choices today," Burr said."
The truth is though that we haven't been giving our children a better life in a long time. Pollution is up, the real earnings of the minimum wage is down 40% since the 1950's, and the cost of everything is rising. In a culture of greed, the American dream is necessary to ensure that the lowest class keeps working albeit something that is forever just out of grasp. We see people who believed all of their lives that if they worked hard they, too, could have the big house with the white picket fence. Then we have a mortgage crisis. Fifteen percent of the lowest income earners believe that one day they will be in the top 1 percent. The sad thing is that they vote with these dreams in mind.
Burrs's response is one that pulls on the heart strings a bit but is completely unfounded. the next generation has been getting the short end of the stick for awhile now. We have allowed doublespeak from the republicans for far too long. Giving to our children doesn't mean rewarding the most selfish, it means giving everyone an equal playing field.
We need to start over. This system isn't working anymore.