Is an American Dream is overrated these days ?
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http://answers.yahoo.com... (2) Jonas Pontusson, Inequality and Prosperity:Social Europe vs. Liberal America , Cornell University Press,2005 (3) Robert J. Samuelson, The great hiring freeze sabotaging recovery, The Japan Times, August 5, 2010
Overrated: a calculation that results in an estimate that is too high (Princeton.wordnet)
Dream- ambition: a cherished desire (Princeton.wordnet)
The resolution of this forum depicts an element that has been around since the beginnings of our nation, to the automatronal industries of the modern era. At the stand point of our beginnings, it would said to be impossible to have many of the things we have today (phones, computers, cars, etc.). Our nation was created by individuals who did not wish to be followers, that sought equality and peace through it's people. The colonists contender was the mighty Britain. However, in relation to the topic, against all odds, our forefathers dared to dream.
1) These dreams of freedom and liberty were common thread. They believed that these principals and ideals were established. Another dream was conjured to modify this goal, a dream to end slavery and give equality to blacks or African Americans, if you prefer. Dreams do not solely create, but they can modify all of us to a better existance.
2) A dream in the past may be reality today, so there may no longer exist such a dream. Some dreams may not have existed even before, but someone, somewhere thought of it. A "space-ship" used to be science fiction-a mere dream before it was brought to fruitrition. A creation such as this was such a positive jump in the quality of our well-being. The launch of Sputnik 1 would have never of happened, this debate would not exist, if someone would not have dared to dream. Of course, the Sputnik may have occured in Russia, but it consequented in countless dreams of modifying and developing automatronic techonology that has benefieted our country.
3) An American Dream is a shakey definition, but who can define a dream? Dreams change and goals do with the changing times in America. My opponent asserts that dreams are overrated, primarily, because of difficulties. Seeing a goal through can be easy like brushing your teeth or calling a friend, but a dream isn't something you can just do, it requires work. You state that labor has weakened. In a market sense, I agree, but I also believe that the labor for dreams have also weakened. Quitting is over-rated. Giving it your everything means everything.
4) A dream does not have to nessicarily pertain to business as well. A dream can be raising children, an endevor that requires A LOT of work, but well worth it if done properly. You would never know until you try. Everyone has dreams. I want to be an author, but dreams should not be judged by how difficult it might seem or how unmarketable it is. An American Dream is to be measured by the person, it's value weighted by them. What it is to the world may not matter, and if it does, all the more reason to work harder for it, because dreams are never easy to accomplish.
Our nation's past, present, and future RELIES upon people to dream. Our nation's existance is tethered to dreams, stitched by the labors of love, and united by our people. We will always dream, but the testiment of the fruitition of those dreams relies upon our labor. I rest my argument now with a quote:
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed...
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today."
- Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
I thank you for acceping this debate. The most important thing is that an American Dream is closely connected with stable employment, stable wages and stable job mobility. At the same time this contributes to creating a stable life and stable future for most of the american people. As I pointed out, high growth economy and the highest competitiveness of american companies contributed to realizing an American Dream among many american workers from the end of World War Second to the middle of 1980s. Plaza agreement of 1985 brought about a depreciation of U.S. dollar. This sybolized a declining power of U.S.economy. These days it is very difficult for many workers to keep a long -term employment contract. They are always worried about the fear of unemplyment. This situation deprives many workers of realizing their American Dreams. Harold Meyerson argues that the kind of long-term, structural unemployment that we haven`t seen since the 1930s. It locks into place a generation of reduced incomes.(1) And his analysis about what is happening today in America tells us that many workers are suffering from serious situation. He says that fully 46 percent of the unemployed have been without work for six months or more- the highest level since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began measuring such things in 1947. Two years ago, just 18percent of the unemployed were jobless for more than six months.(2) Michael A. Fletcher says that mass unempolyment has been triggered by recent recession. His analysis is that now the vast majority of the 8 million jobs lost since the start of the recession in 2007 appear permanent. (3) And he adds that many Sun Belt cities, long magnets for job seekers from economically depressed areas, have joined long- suffering Rust Belt areas as places with the highest unemployment rates. The Las Vegas metropolitan area has a 14.5 percent unemployment rate, higher than the rate of Flint,Mich.(4) By the way, it is often said that history repeats itself. We look back on the american history, we realize that situation surrounding workers is similar to that of the Great Depression. At that time New Deal policy contributed to the revitalization of american economy which had been seriously damaged by the poor management of banking bussiness. Today many manufacturing companies are not interested in increasing employment. Top management are desperately accumlating cash to protect against a future financial crisis. Moreover they are seeking many profits not inventing in labor and new machine which create many job opportunities. Robert J. Samuelson says that Depression -era CEO, highly sensitive to job insecurity, retired. Younger executives worried more about competitive challenges and corporate takeovers. (5) He also adds that in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first and second quarters of 2009, business investment dropped at annual rates of 24percent, 50percent and 24percent. Nothing like this had occurred since at least the 1940s. If labor is cowed and capital is less aggressive in investment of capital goods and human resources, the american economy and society will suffer for a long time. At least we can say that realizing an American Dream is difficult hurdle to coping with for the present generation of many american people. Therefore my conclusion is that an American Dream is overrated today.
References: (1) Harold Meyerson, Profits soar with an unplugged jobs machine, The Japan Times, August 1, 2010
(2) Harold Meyerson, The Japan Times, August 1, 2010
(3) Michael A. Fletcher, Americans immobile in anemic economy, The Japan Times, August 2, 2010
(4) Michael A. Fletcher, The Japan Times, August 2, 2010
(5) Robert J. Samuelson, The great hiring freeze sabotaging recovery, The Japan Times, August 5, 2010
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