America is in a Great Recession, and the American Dream seems to be dying (if not already dead) to many Americans. I don’t think that the American Dream is dead; it just needs rehabilitation due to the injuries it sustained from the hands of an unregulated government. Though we are in a Great Recession, every American can progress their lives for the betterment of themselves and future generations. According to Brandon King (2011) in The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?: “…the most worrisome problem is inequality: that wealth is concentrated into the hands of a rich minority.” Because of this, many Americans and politicians are arguing about either “raising the taxes on the rich” or “supporting the richest sectors in America” (Thomas, 2011) to stimulate the economy. In the articles I have read in They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, both Cal Thomas and Brandon King seem to believe that the government should not tax the rich minority more than the poor majority. I disagree with both Cal and Brandon and believe that the rich should be taxed more than the poor. However, the income from the taxes should be put to use for the betterment of the poor majority of America.
Do you think that the American government is out of control? Cal Thomas thinks so, as he bluntly asserts:
The creation of a government that is out of control, and thus out of touch robs every citizen, preventing fulfillment of the original American dream. (Thomas, 2011)
I agree: our government is out of control. Our economies problems are mainly from “…bad policy decisions that have led to the rapid migration of American jobs overseas, the degradation of the American education system, and continuous costly wars” (King, 2011). The government may regulate businesses and literally the entire country, but who regulates the government?
I think that it’s the responsibility of every American citizen to press their political representatives to fulfill their duties to represent and serve. That way, America’s money can be used in a more progressive manner. For example, there can be more funding to improve “failing government schools, producing graduates (if in fact they do graduate) who lag behind other nations in subjects that matter” (Thomas, 2011), or there can be funds for underprivileged Americans that need assistance and are willing to work hard for a prosperous future. The smallest aspects of governmental funding from circulated taxes can be very helpful to underprivileged Americans in achieving...