The American Dream Bob Herbert Analysis

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Caitlin Williams Sarah Craig English 1013 October 14, 2013 The American Dream Do you still believe in the American dream? Some say the American dream has fallen apart, while others believe that it is still alive. In Bob Herbert’s article, “Hiding from Reality” he said, “However you want to define the American dream, there is not much of it that is left anymore”(564). He believes, that we’re failing at the American dream and nobody will be able to save it. But, in the article “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” Brandon King states, “I believe that the ideals and values of the American Dream are still very much alive”(572). King believes that the dream is more alive than ever, that it’s not dying it is being reborn. Everyone has different points of view on the American dream, and nobody will ever agree. Everyone tries to make people believe that their thought on the American Dream is the right one. The economy, social status, and education are the main factors of the American Dream, both Herbert and King explain why they believe those factors keep the dream alive, or kill it. Herbert believes the American dream is dead, King believes that it has resurrected. Brandon King believes that the inequalities between wealthy and poor and the unemployment rate…show more content…
The two just cannot agree on whether they should tax the wealthy more, or give them more money. Herbert thinks that if you raise taxes state and federal governments will give out more money to people in need, with the extra taxed money from the wealthy; King says that if you raise taxes and minimum wage, then there will be job cuts so that they can save the money they are spending on raising minimum wage, causing many of American’s to lose their job. Certainly because American’s are not smart enough to raise taxes, we would not be able to understand how to handle raising
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