American dream is dead because of horrible Republicans and billionaires

American dream is dead because of horrible Republicans and billionaires

[Ed. – Notice how the author doesn’t quote an actual Republican leader, but rather a non-political “personal success” entrepreneur — a guy name Thomas Corley.  Whom she doesn’t name or credit, but only represents as someone who is making the “Republican” argument.]

According to polling, including this latest one by the Public Religion Research Institute, the bottom has fallen out of the American dream for a whole lot of people. Only 42 percent of Americans still believe in it today and it’s not getting better…

[A similar] poll shows that far more Republicans than Democrats believe the American dream is still operative, 55 percent to 32 percent. If you wonder why that is, perhaps it’s because many Republicans have a completely different definition of the American dream.  They don’t see it as a middle-class goal at all, much of it made possible by the promise of a decent education and secure retirement, guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.  No, they believe that the American dream is getting filthy rich. …

Here’s a good example of how Republicans explain it to the rubes, in a piece called “In Defense of the Wealthy and the American Dream”:

The United States has 422 billionaires, nearly four times that of 2nd place China. We have a 15.3 trillion dollar economy. We have a standard of living that is the envy of the world. Why?

We have the American Dream and other countries don’t. …

He calls these 422 billionaires the “American Dream Achievers.” …

[This terrible situation is] largely thanks to the policies put in place by GOP politicians who are intent upon delivering for those rare “American Dream Achievers” — and nobody else.

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