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My View on the American Dream

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America is in a Great Recession, and the American Dream seems to be dying (if not already dead) to many Americans. I don’t think that the American Dream is dead; it just needs rehabilitation due to the injuries it sustained from the hands of an unregulated government. Though we are in a Great Recession, every American can progress their lives for the betterment of themselves and future generations. According to Brandon King (2011) in The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?: “…the most worrisome problem is inequality: that wealth is concentrated into the hands of a rich minority.” Because of this, many Americans and politicians are arguing about either “raising the taxes on the rich” or “supporting the richest sectors in America” (Thomas, 2011) to stimulate the economy. In the articles I have read in They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, both Cal Thomas and Brandon King seem to believe that the government should not tax the rich minority more than the poor majority. I disagree with both Cal and Brandon and believe that the rich should be taxed more than the poor. However, the income from the taxes should be put to use for the betterment of the poor majority of America.
Do you think that the American government is out of control? Cal Thomas thinks so, as he bluntly asserts:
The creation of a government that is out of control, and thus out of touch robs every citizen, preventing fulfillment of the original American dream. (Thomas, 2011)
I agree: our government is out of control. Our economies problems are mainly from “…bad policy decisions that have led to the rapid migration of American jobs overseas, the degradation of the American education system, and continuous costly wars” (King, 2011). The governmen...

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...s great country; we’re the people that elect them into office! So, all in all, I think that the governmental funds from higher taxes on the rich minority can greatly assist in educating and motivating underprivileged Americans achieve their American Dreams of prosperity IF governmental funds are used in accordance of national progression. So my message to fellow American citizens, press your political representatives to create a society that supports each one of your American Dreams, as long as they’re morally correct and/or legal.

Works Cited

Thomas, C. (2011). Is the American Dream Over? They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (2nd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
King, B. (2011). The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or Hiding? They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (2nd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
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