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The America Divided

America Divided One would expect that social equality would just be the norm in society today. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Three similar stories of how inequality and the hard reality of how America’s society and workforce is ran shows a bigger picture of the problems American’s have trying to make an honest living in today’s world. When someone thinks about the American dream, is this the way they pictured it? Is this what was envisioned for American’s when thinking about what the future held? The three authors in these articles don’t believe so, and they are pretty sure American’s didn’t either. Bob Herbert in his article “Hiding from Reality” probably makes the most honest and correct statement, “We’re in denial about the extent of the rot in the system, and the effort that would be required to turn things around” (564). In the first article, “Hiding from Reality”, Bob Herbert talks about the reality of the state of the United States. He feels that America is in sad shape. Herbert states that from the economy, jobs, and public schools, the country is definitely in a decline. Herbert also feels that our country is in denial about how bad things really are. Unemployment rates are at their highest and that with our country going to war with no money to fund them, it is just another reason American’s are in a downward spiral. No one is sure if we can ever recover from the recession of 2009, and Herbert makes it very clear he doesn’t see an end to the suffering American’s are feeling anytime soon. Everyone from service employees, to state and local government agencies are feeling the effects of the recession. Every program and employee is feeling the cut backs. Taxes are being raised and employee’s benefits are being cut... ... middle of paper ... ...equality strains the bonds that hold us together as a society, and until we can find a solution, we will continue down this beaten path of destruction. Work Cited Herbert, Bob. “Hiding from Reality.” They Say I Say, The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. 2nd ed. New York, New York; Matrix Publishing Services, 2012. 564-566. Print. Krugman, Paul. “Confronting Inequality.” They Say I Say, The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. 2nd ed. New York, New York; Matrix Publishing Services, 2012. 586-603. Print. Olsson, Karen. “Up Against Wal-Mart.” They Say I Say, The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. 2nd ed. New York, New York; Matrix Publishing Services, 2012. 606-618. Print.

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