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The American Dream's empty promise


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  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I believe in the American Dream. But I don't believe it is a guarantee of education, wealth, and big homes with yearly vacations to expensive resorts.

    We, as Americans, have become greedy to some degree. It is OK to enjoy and dream and want the things I listed. But that doesn't mean we all get those things. They cannot be a guarantee...part of the Constitution. Wealth, big homes, college education, and other such items cannot be guaranteed as a government entitlement. That is not what the American Dream is about.

    I believe that the American Dream is available to all people: Mexicans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, East, West, and of course to Americans. The American Dream is that of opportunity, of freedom. The Dream is established upon the US Constitution of rights, liberties, and powers of the people and of government, as well as the limited powers of government.

    I believe that all people throughout the world, those who want to come, who will embrace our culture and demonstrate respect for law, and respect for freedom, should be welcomed with opportunity. The Dream lives on if we will let it.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Almost all dreams need to be worked for.

    In the last 2 decades slick willy and barney frank tried to remove the "work" requirement to meet those dreams by pushing non-traditional mortgages on fannie and freddie.

    When you could go to a mortgage lender and get a loan for your dream house even if you did not have the income to pay for it, barney and slick got their way, but it created a bubble that had to collapse, which it did, taking our economy with it.

    Now people are once again realizing they need to work for their dreams. Some are adapting and working for them, others are occupying wall street demanding someone else work so they can have their dream.