January 6, 2012 |
1. The American dream is about getting rich. In a national survey of more than 1,300 adults that we completed in March, only 6 percent of Americans ranked "wealth" as their first or second definition of the American dream. Forty-five percent named "a good life for my family," while 34 percent put "financial security" — material comfort that is not necessarily synonymous with Bill Gates-like riches — on top. While money may certainly be part of a good life, the American dream isn't just about dollars and cents.
September 23, 2012 |
It's time to retire the American Dream — or at least give it a long vacation. We ought to drop it from our national conversation. This would be a hardship for politicians and pundits, who use "the American Dream" as a rhetorical workhorse embodying goals embraced by almost all Americans. That's the problem. The American Dream has become so expansive in its meaning that it stifles honest debate and harms some of the very people it is intended to help. Who can oppose the American Dream?
September 27, 2011 |
The modern American dream has always been a simple promise of opportunity: Hard work can earn a good life, a good job with decent pay and security, a secure retirement, and an affordable education for the kids. The promise always exceeded the performance — especially with regard to racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and women. But a broad middle class and a broadly shared prosperity at least provided the possibility of a way up. Today, every element of the dream is imperiled.
October 9, 2012
Kudos to The Post's Eli Saslow for his " Life of a salesman " [front page, Oct. 7], an homage to Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" that depicted the professional and personal tribulations of Frank Firetti of Purcellville, who has gotten caught in the uncertainties of the economy's struggles. Mr. Saslow noted, "In a country built on optimism, Frank Firetti was the most optimistic character of all: the American salesman — if not the architect of the American dream, then at least its most time-honored...
June 3, 2011 |
We grew up believing our American dream would include easy access to homeownership. We knew owning a home would take saving and discipline, but as a professional, married couple, buying seemed like a foregone conclusion. Then the housing crisis hit. Washington's housing market has been insulated from some of the worst effects, but there is an aspect of the crisis that seems to have gone unnoticed: Otherwise qualified buyers like us who might just leave the market altogether. Shortly before the housing crisis took hold, we thought we...
June 13, 2012
Regarding the June 11 front-page article " A question of merit " and the June 12 news article " Virginia teen can remain in country ": It was predictable but unfortunate that Heydi Mejia, an undocumented immigrant, had to make the front page of The Post to avoid immediate deportation. The United States is home to thousands of students just like Ms. Mejia. Since we can't seem to fix the immigration problem, can The Post put all of them on Page 1 as well? Richard Wildermann, ...