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The American Dream is Dying

Updated on May 22, 2013

Can America be saved? This is a question that anyone living in the United States of America should be asking themselves these days. Between the unemployment rate soaring to ridiculous numbers, the housing crisis, our infrastructure falling down around our heads, and our education system seriously lacking, not to mention so many others issues that are just too long for one hub. America is in a huge heap of trouble.

The unemployment rate in July 2011 was 9.7 percent; that is 25.1 million Americans that are currently unemployed. The number of those unemployed for half a year or more is 6.2 million. The average length of unemployment now stands at 40.4 weeks, the highest since the recession began. According to the National Employment Law Project, 75 percent of U.S. job growth in 2010 was from industries that pay an average of under $15 per hour. The average consumer spends $6,372 a year on food and $16,895 a year to keep a roof over their head. When you are only making less than $32,000 a year before taxes that does not leave a lot of money left over for your other bills. Not to mention if you are supporting other people, like a spouse or kids.

Most of the infrastructure in this country was built between the beginning and the middle of the 20th century. These structures were built to last at a maximum of fifty years. The structures include roads, bridges, sewer systems, water systems, tunnels, and dams, and this is just to mention a few. With our country in turmoil and most of our money being spent to line the bankers and politician’s pockets and on wars around the globe on a yearly basis; there is not much left to fix our infrastructure. As of last year the American Society of Civil Engineers is calling for $120 billion per year more than what is already being spent to keep our structures going. Just to give you some facts so that you can comprehend this a little more, there are approximately 600,000 bridges in the United States. Of those 600,000 bridges more than a quarter of them have structural problems or have outdated designs. You might remember that back in 2007, the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed. Jesus de la Garza, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, was stated as saying “the I-35W bridge was labeled ‘structurally deficient’ for 16 years, that meant it was due for reconstruction at some time in the future”.

Our education system is lacking more now than ever. When I look at education in the United States, I see a declining knidergarten through twelth grade system that is losing competitiveness. It is estimated that only 74.7 percent of the incoming freshman in high school will graduate. That means that more than a quarter of all of our kids will not have a high school diploma. When it comes to Americans between the ages of 20 through 24, 17% of them do not currently have a job, not to mention that there are two million college graduates that are currently unemployed. One of the most serious issues is the shortage of well qualified teachers. Either the districts had to lay off the qualified or certified teachers or they cannot afford them. This is especially crippling in math and science. These two fields are critical to future economic development. There is only a 40% chance that a student who is studying chemistry will be taught by a teacher with a degree in chemistry.

The housing crisis is only getting worst. Since 2006 almost 6 million homeowners have lost their homes. And more than half of them are in danger of losing their homes. Can you imagine 9.5 million people losing their homes? That number is absolutely ridiculous. That means that there has been $9 trillion in home equity that has vanished since 2006. According to the Home Value Index compiled by Zillow, values nationwide have kept falling for more than 50 months. Even more worrisome today is the negative equity in these homes. For those who do not know, negative equity means that you owe more money than the home is worth. An estimated 5.5 million U.S. households are tied to mortgages that are at least 20 percent higher than the current home value.

The future of America is very bleak as of right now. These bureaucratic jackasses on the hill need to get out of their leather recliners and do their damn job! We are spending trillions and trillions of dollars around the world putting in puppet governments or sending our soldiers to die for the prce of oil. We cannot afford a decent education system for our children, who are going to be the future leaders of this country. I could rant on about this for hours but I do not want to waste your time. I will close by saying this. The American dream is dying and it is up to us as citizens of this once great country to get together as a people and demand that the White House gets off of its ass and do something about it. What do you think? Do you have any ideas of a solution to all of these issues described above?


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    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from midwest

      @kenneth avery I know this reply is really late. But I wanted to thank you for your compliment Ken.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Great hub, daskittlez! Wonderfully-presented and I voted up and away. You are still da man on hubs. I do apologize for not visiting as much as I should have. I have been publishing as many projects as possible before my health worsens. I do offer you my apologies and I DO VALUE the fact that one day you took time to follow me. This, my friend, WILL NOT be forgotten. Merry Christmas and be safe!

    • JDenn profile image


      7 years ago

      Well written and filled with facts that need to be shared with the public. My hub on politics and taxes has some almost too simple ways of helping the American economy that seems to have been overlooked. Sure they're simple, but it wouldn't hurt Washington to consider a closely related idea and try to make it work!

      Great hub! looking forward to reading more from you.

    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from midwest

      Thanks for the input Scopywrite. I like the idea of internships or better yet apprenticeships like they had in the old days.

    • smcopywrite profile image


      7 years ago from all over the web

      i believe the power of the vote is part of the american dream realized. however, after we vote we need to hold the politicians elected more accountable. this is especially directed at congress. the american dream unfortunately was built on credit. dont fault the americans that received credit when they couldnt pay it back. blame the companies that gave it to them. when companies cant pay their credit back they simply file bankruptcy and open another company. president bush had seven failed companies before we permitted him to run the biggest company of all, america. then we act surprised when it fails and needs to declare bankruptcy.

      america is broke and instead of coming up with answers our politicians are spending all of their time telling everyone who broke it.

      i believe working on our infrastructure needs to be done and can create millions of jobs.

      we need to start there.

      free higher education, free job training, making (not asking) companies provide internships, on the job training and so many other simple answers to a lot of our problems should be explored. however, we are making things much harder or more difficult than they need to be. we need to acknowledge we have an issue as a nation. we need to give a hand up to our fellow americans when they need it most and understand that we may not get money, fame or glory from our efforts.

    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from midwest

      That is very interesting Terri, Thank you for your input!

    • Terri Meredith profile image

      Terri Meredith 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have an annoying habit of telling people to write letters, make phone calls, and visit their gov't officials. The truth is that I happen to know how much it can work! I was a lobbyist on an important issue about 20 years ago. The power of a written letter is tremendous! Most politicians count one letter as the voice for 25,000 voters simply because so few people take the time to do so. One of our campaigns netted over 500,000 letters! Guess what happened? Those inundated with letters from their constituents voted our way on the bill in question. Guess what else? The rep I was working on was the chairman for the committee that would hear this particular bill. He called my office to tell me that he planned to vote our way, so please stop lobbying in his area! Apparently, he was getting so much mail he couldn't respond to it all. That's what needs to be done. Americans need to be corresponding with their leaders on a regular basis. It lets them know we are involved, and we ARE watching. It's sort of a silent threat about what might happen at the next election if they fail to vote the way the majority wishes!

      You made some great observations.

    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from midwest

      Thanks for the comment Dave

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      The American dream died years ago, only Americans refuse to acknowledge it.


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