The American Dream

American Dream ManWhen one mentions the “American Dream,” many people think of owning a home, having a spouse, a dog, and white picket fence. However, I think the American dream is much bigger than that – it is a dream that anyone can be anything they want to be – all with a little hard work, of course.

So a young man set out with a gym bag, the clothes on his back, $25, and moved down to the homeless shelter to test this theory. He abandoned all his old contacts and even his degree – so that when he went to find a job he would have to tell them that he had no address, no education, no means of communication (cell phone).

Ten months later he had moved into an apartment, bought a pickup truck, and had saved close to $5,000. Ten! Ten months!

How is that for living the American Dream?

So, as for poverty in America, is it really impossible for people to crawl out from the poverty line? Or is this just a myth? What do you think?

Original Article: Homeless: Can you build a life from $25?


1 Response to “The American Dream”

  1. 1 DJ
    28 February 2008 at 20:06

    Poverty is a choice. Many people choose to live impoverished, I have on numerous occasions attempted to “help out” a fellow “down on his luck” by offering him a job, none have ever taken me up on the offer, they have to many “irons the fire” (whatever the hell that means) or they have a job interview scheuled for the next day. Then weeks later I ask them about the job interview and they have no idea what I’m talking about. On the corner of Thomas near the 101 on ramp, a man (I use the term loosely) was standing there holding his homelss sign, and behind him was a 500 dollar TREK mountain bike, when I tried to offer him a job, he was too busy. Liberalism thrives on the impoverished. Without a section of the populatioin living at or below the poverty line, liberalism will evaporate, explain (anyone please) why, if that is not true, every program promoted by the left causes people to remain IN poverty!?! If you want to get people off the public dole, give them a job not a handout.

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