American: The Land Of The Inequality

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Many Americans today have trouble making a living for themselves. All men are not created equally and do not have an equal chance at their American Dream. Reaching the American Dream isn’t all about attitude and motivation, those are just factors. The upper class tends to have the idea that the lower class can’t achieve their dreams because they are lazy. As a teenager in America, it’s an everyday thing to see someone who lives on the streets or in rundown homes. To solve this problem America should give more people the opportunity for a higher paying job. Is the reaching the American Dream a reality for everyone?
All men are not created equally and do not have an equal chance at their American Dream. In today’s world it seems like once you’re in the low class it’s almost impossible to rise above that. If your born in the upper class than chances are you are going to remain in the upper class for the rest of your life. Obviously to have a good job you must have a college degree. Most poorer families can’t afford that, so they end up in low paying jobs. The only way they can afford college is by getting scholarships.
It’s almost like a long chain of events. If you try to apply for a higher paying job, and they see that all you have ever worked for is a fast food chain, chances are you aren’t going to get that job. The company these people work for make it impossible for them to make a living, support their family, and accomplish their American Dream. They don’t always have insurance through their work, so they have to pay more if an accident occurs. The bills keep adding up, making it almost impossible to buy the necessary things they need. Ehrenreich notes in her book Nickel and Dimed “According to a recent poll [...] 94% of Americans agree that people who work full time should be able to earn enough to keep their families out of poverty,” (Ehrenreich).
Reaching the American Dream isn’t all about attitude and motivation, those are just factors. If you aren’t a hard working individual those factors don’t mean anything. Being motivated and having a good attitude are important, but motivation doesn’t always last, and sometimes people lose their patience and they give up. They feel like the American Dream is just too far out of reach. They should remember that if you work hard you can achieve anything you want.
The upper class tends to have the idea that the lower class can’t achieve their dreams because they are lazy. They assume that all lower class people sit at home or on the streets feeling bad for themselves. They don’t work hard, care, and weren’t born into the right family. They choose to live that way. In reality those people are the ones who wait on them at restaurants and clean their...

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