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06/20/2013

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Vanessa Vega

Back in the day, the "American Dream" was easier to achieve. Most people once they graduated from college could easily find a job and eventually buy a home. Today in order to achieve the first step of graduating from a four year college means getting in debt. Although to some getting in debt is worth it if it means graduating from college, it still will not guarantee you a job. Some years ago, it was easier to find a job for our parents because the economy was good. Since today many people have been laid off, there are experienced people who are looking for jobs in the same fields graduated students are looking for. Obviously most companies will hire the person who has experience in that particular field rather than a newbie.

It is also true that compare to foreign countries our education system lacks. We have many competitions from foreign countries because they are discipline to study harder than we are. That does not mean that Americans are not capable of being hired if they are fighting for a job position against a foreign person. It just meant that our standards of learning should be like the ones of foreign countries. Now when it comes to overseas job, the government is to blame for that. Cheap labor to them it is obviously more important than jobless people looking for jobs in America. It is easier to open a factory overseas because people will do the job not caring about the paid. Americans will expect seven to eight dollar per hour and that to the government will be outrageous when they could be playing employees less. To the government it is all about making money.

Regardless of all the things happening, and how people say that going to college is worthless, I still believe that college is worth it. Sure, it may not guarantee you a job but you will still have a degree. Even though the "American Dream" is going to be hard for the new generations, hard work will eventually pay off. The "American Dream" does not have to be to own a house but your own dream. Surely tough times are ahead for everyone but if a person wants to succeed, they will do whatever it takes.

Avalos, Itzel

"The American dream is a myth" Stewart Lansley said. Before it was much easier to achieve the American dream, now people can hardly find a job. People today have problems finding jobs to maintain their family. The American dream has become the worst dream to follow. Economy has gone bad and many people were fired from their jobs leaving them broke. So that dream became their worst enemy because now many people never get to achieve the begging of their American dream. People come to America seeking a better lifestyle and future not knowing that that dream is impossible to achieve now. But it always has been a myth. People from out of the country come to America thinking there is money everywhere that life here will be much easier than it was in their origin country. However most of them never get to achieve that dream they are looking for. Many of those people have to leave everything behind family and their job to look for a mythical dream. A dream that probably won’t come true. Everyone has their own idea of what an American dream is, but at the end people are fighting to obtain the same thing. Before 1 in every 100 would achieve such a dream they would get an education and after start working, and get a lot of money. Now people go school spend so much money and end up working in something else than the career they choose to study. They find jobs that pay only to payback all the loans they had to get. Jobs are not easy to find anymore, many careers do not have many opening anymore. There are more people in school and as the number of people increase the jobs go down. The American dream is no longer achievable.

Megumi Vogt

Lansley points out that inequality is the hottest topics now. He explains a little about America’s economic history, which in 1970s, we had mostly middle class. Now, our middle class is shrinking so the social shape of America is hourglass shape. He says hard work and self reliant are no longer and effective means to economic advancement (p7). He admits that Obama is trying by raising minimum wage and taxes on the rich, but still the growth is unevenly shared. He warns that the nation’s economy and the American dream cannot be protected as long as plutocrats protect their wealth and interfere with politics.
Question 1: I think Lansley would choose the poinion, “unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy” as the greater worry, over “over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity.” The reason is because he said more respondents chose unfairness. Also, he used the result to support his article. Mainly because he talks about inequality in his article.
Question 2: He first introduces his opposite view, the philosophies that left inequality as a good thing (p8,9). He then gives his side, which is inequality’s negative effect on the economy (p9). He uses President Obama and Christine Lagarde’s words for his support (p10). Then again he gives the opposite view, a Nobel prizewinner’s word of not to care about distribution (p11), just to say “this idea is wrong” at the next paragraph (p12). Lansley uses his opposite views before giving his opinions. That explains where the wide spread opposite opinions started from. Then he gives better ideas. I think he makes his view more stands out by presenting right after the opposite view.
It is frustrating to think that our American Dream has shrunken by inequality, because it is beyond our reach. We can still wisely manage what little we have, chose to not be bitter toward others and vote.

Dymeah

Question 1:
In my opinion, Lansley would support the worry of “unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy”. If he was asked the same question 20 years ago, he probably would have been more worried about the “over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity”. This used to be a huge worry. As a capitalist society that is based on having many such freedoms in the market economy, business owning Americans contested the idea of having further government regulations on the free-market. They did not want the government having too much influence on the influx and out flux of their revenue.
Many conservative capitalists had initially disagreed with higher taxes on the wealthy since it would violate their freedom to live the American Dream. I believe now that this has changed. With the huge and ever widening gap between the rich and poor, middle-class entrepreneurs are seeing that they were wrong and that higher taxes and regulations on the rich might be necessary to improve the economy.
Lansley reveals his position on the inequality of wealth in paragraph 14 where he speaks about how the wealthy used strategies to make more money off of their existing money, instead of investing it back into the economy to help promote stable economic growth. I think that there is still hope and that corporations do need to have further regulations in order to boost the economy. I understand that it is difficult to regulate these entities, since with more wealth comes more power. I will not say that the regulations need to be in the form of higher taxes. Regulations should be in the form of investments. Why not provide more jobs? Corporations most certainly have the power and resources to do so. Some are already doing it. This of course just leads to another issue. Should corporations be allowed to out-source or should the jobs they provide be stateside? Should they be required to pay a higher minimum wage to their workers so that the middle class can again be the backbone of the economy?
Question 2:
Lansley immediately shows his discontent with the United States’ economy by stating “Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States” (para 1). His argument is also very one-sided, so he does not address opposing viewpoints to its fullest. After addressing the issue of the imbalance of wealth distribution within the country, he does not ever try to defend the rich. Instead, he speaks against the money hoarding rich by simply saying that they have too much of the economies wealth.
He also makes sure to distinguish his personal opinion and knowledge from other gathered evidence by making sure to give credit to the necessary entity. For example, when he refers to sayings from President Obama or when he said “…as predicted by market theorists” (para 14). These are only a few examples of how Lansley distinguishes what “They Say” from his “I Say”.

Tucker Langmead

The American dream in many if not most cases is extinct. Much of the American population is finding faults in our systems in forms spanning from inequality of races, monetary income, or geographic location. Unlike our past where upward mobility, although hard work, was capable it’s beginning to find its way out of reach for regular Americans. The bar is being raised once again and instead of a high school degree being good enough, it has now transitioned into a necessity to obtain a college degree. To surpass a regular income and gain more than a five figure income a college bachelor’s degree isn’t going to cut it. We have now found ourselves at an age where our education must continue through a bachelor’s degree into a graduate degree if not more just to have a chance in our society today. Furthermore education is also becoming out of reach as the price for college is steadily increasing. Around the world though we can see changes from other countries to help their population succeed as in many European countries it comes from their ability to sustain a living while obtaining a greater degree, but it goes beyond just simple means. In countries like Denmark which is a socialistic democracy we see the whole country holding itself up by supporting its lowest economic group. Although high in taxes and other socialistic problems, they’ve seemed to figure out how to educate a population for the better as well as keeping all satisfied and well maintained. We shouldn’t just switch government styles over this but it is something to look into of how they’ve managed to do this. The mentality of “you’re only as strong as your weakest link “ applies here and holds true, they’ve thrived through this form of advancement and have found better opportunities to be economically mobile. America’s faults are that we haven’t changed our system in an ever evolving world. We can’t stay stagnant in our views as the world advances around us, if so we will find ourselves falling, and not just one economic class but all economic classes as a whole. The rich must support the advancement of the poor if we want to succeed together. This does not mean great wealth cannot be accumulated, on the contrary, it makes it harder but once the rest of the American population begins to rise in economic standard the upper class will begin to rise higher than before. Although the economic gap will still be prevalent, the means to shorten it will be in the hands of the inspired. In any case we must stray from our past ways and move toward the new American dream and how to achieve it. We cannot look to the future to change, it is what happens currently that will be our future so with that we must take our stand and fix our ways now.

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