Our take: Has the American dream become too far out of our reach? In recent years the American dream has been rocked as homeownership decreased and college tuition sky rocketed. Robert J. Samuelson, opinion writer for the Washington Post, explains why Americans should should stop thinking of the "dream":

"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. Thats 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? No one. It captures our faith in progress, opportunity and striving. It reflects hopes for a large and stable middle class. Everyone would go to college, become a homeowner. Children would always live better than their parents.