American Dream

Are You an American Dream Sharer or Hoarder?

Your DGB for today is to uncover if you are a dream hoarder.

The excesses and atrocities of the American top 1 percent have been well documented. But did you know that you don’t have to be in the “Toilets of Gold” class to keep the poor from climbing out of poverty? The issue is opportunity hoarding by the upper middle class (top 20 percent) and it’s a serious problem in our country. There are real and tangible blockades to climbing the socioeconomic ladder and they don’t appear out of thin air. A book by Richard V. Reeves delves into this uncomfortable topic (find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Hoarders-American-Leaving-Everyone/dp/081572912X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511964479&sr=8-1&keywords=dream+hoarding).

What we would like you to do today is to learn about this challenge and think about how you may be inadvertently participating in hoarding the American dream. Read about it here: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/the-hoarding-of-the-american-dream/530481/. And take the quiz here: https://www.brookings.edu/book/dream-hoarders/

Grab back and share the Dream.

 

Living the American Dream

Your DGB for today is to discover your American Dream Score.

Are you a bootstrapper? Graduate of the School of Hard Knocks? Born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Maybe you’ve always considered yourself an Average Joe/Joan. When pursuing the American Dream, which is loosely defined as moving up the socioeconomic ladder, but also might mean maintaining the rung you were born on, we often underestimate the role that luck plays in our success or failure. Yes, luck. Fate, destiny, foreshadowing - here in America we like to brand ourselves as rugged individuals in complete control of our future through a series of carefully made choices. But that is simply not the case. Pure, dumb circumstances of birth, health, and timing play significant roles in determining how well we do as individuals.

The progressive agenda seeks to help balance those impacts to assist every human in realizing their potential. In order to understand this, it’s important to see how our own life has been impacted by chance. Please use a few minutes to take this quiz from Moving Up USA to get your American Dream score: https://movingupusa.com

There is nothing inherently wrong with being born with privilege. But if we want a fair and just society we need to recognize where it exists, and where it doesn’t.