Is today's American dream....

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Old 12-02-06, 09:58 AM
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Is today's American dream....

Is today's American dream to be deep in debt and in a job you hate? I don't hate my job most of the time, but I have seen a lot of credit card and home career ads on tv lately.
 
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The Amercian dream is to have a lot of stuff. Many people do this through accumulation of debt. Is it Annette whose signature is not to keep up with the Joneses because they're broke?
 
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I think the American Dream has become a mere sense of entitlement to those born here in the last 2 generations. The dream was to come to America and become a productive, contributing, upstanding member of society. That dream has dwindled into folks thinking that America owes them something. The Dream is lost on those born here and held dear by those who save all their lives to move to America legitimately or risk their lives to enter illegally. They WORK to become citizens, like our ancestors did. They save money to send for their families, like our ancestors did. They still believe in the American Dream.
 
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Old 12-05-06, 11:37 AM
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mitch, that signature was KayByrd's.
 
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I don't know if being knee deep in debt is the American dream or not but it sure seems to be the norm. What happened to people living at or below their means? Everyone should have a decent home and vehicle but that doesn't mean a family of 3 needs 3000 sq ft home and a $12000 will go just as far as a $32000 one will. IMO our economy would be in better shape [in the long run] if everyone tried to live within their means and have a savings account.

I switched auto ins last year and found out I pay a small premium [extra] because I don't owe enough money. I suppose I could mortgage my home and run up my credit cards but then how would I pay the bills
 
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Yeah, kaybyrd's signature. I don't think she's around anymore, but that was an insightful line, IMO. I heard once that the average American spends 10% more money than they make - in other words, they need a 10% raise at work to afford lifestyle they're living. That's a house of cards and we're already starting to see it come crashing down with the record number of home foreclosures as people begin to realize they've bitten off more than they can chew.
 
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Old 12-05-06, 10:07 PM
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A few years ago I decided that I needed more money............ so I spent less.

Suddenly I had more money!

Strange how that happens.
 
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I've always figured there were 2 ways to save money - earn more or spend less - guess which one is easier to accomplish
 
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Sadly, for a lot of people spending less just isn't going to happen.
 
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There is an interesting one-page article in the current National Geographic about the US Census report in 1915, 1965, and 2006. The one thing that blew me away is that the cost of common goods (gas, milk) is actually less than 1915 (adjusting for inflation), the income is not a whole lot more, but home prices have skyrocketed (I think it went from $65k to $230k). We also tend to have alot more "stuff".
 
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Part of the reason homes are more is that they're bigger - look at the siz e of your or your kid's home compared to your parents' or grandparents' home.
 
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It's interesting to me to see how our idea of the American Dream changes with age. When I was young, it was the typical, "keeping up with the joneses" thing. Then, as time wore on, it became, "being the joneses". Now, as time is running out, it's, "not being stuck where the joneses are, in debt to their eye balls and scrambling to make every dime possible just to maintain". New cars, big houses, and all sorts of toys have lost their appeal. Having time to do the things I enjoy is far more important now.
 
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Smile Stop and THINK !!!

Smokey, your right! In my opinion!
My time is worth much more than the goodies!
My American dream is: To live FREE ( not tax(fee)free,That would be nice). To follow and do as I see fit. No one telling me how to do it (except Mom, But thats her job).
I work, make a living and have what I need. Sure I have some extras, But that takes extra. Life is what you make of it! If you want to keep up.... Thats your issue, Live it your way, and enjoy it!!!!!!

As The father of a sevearly handicapped child, I count my blessings everyday(EVERYDAY). A smile is enormous! A traditional hug,is a dream.

My point: Again, Life is what you make it.

"Your alive a short time,But your dead forever".

Do it for you and yours!
 
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Unfortunately today's American dream is to work less, for more money. Even to not work at all for more money. So many are looking for a quick buck. This is a result of our overly litigious society, and also why SO many folks play the lottery.
This is also why we see so many "Work at home surfing the internet. Make up to $2000 a week!" type ads.
 
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I have a patient who is significantly overweight and claims to want help losing some of the excess. I asked her what she ate for breakfast, with the idea that eating right away in the morning helps jump start your metabolism. Turns out it's several hours from the time she wakes up until she can get out of bed, because she can't face reality - the reality is she doesn't do anything and the government allows it by paying her welfare. Talk about more money for less work!
 
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If you want it, work for it.
If you need it, ask. I will help.
I think we all feel the same.

you must help yourself, before others can help you.

After all, Beleive it or not....... We're all in this together!!!


Lottery...... Since when did my coffee shop become a casino!!!? Again I digress.. Sorry.
 
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