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The American Dream: is it getting out of reach?

Indeed, the American Dream, as novelist Thomas Wolfe said, is “to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity … the right to live, to work, to be himself and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him.

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According to a recent analysis done by USA Today, the American Dream carries a price tag of $130,000 a year. The annual breakdown includes essentials like groceries at $12,659, a 4WD SUV and other associated vehicle costs at $11,039. Extras include things like vacations, entertainment, internet and cellphone for a combined total of $17,009. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, as quoted in the USA Today article, only 16 million U.S. households — one in eight altogether — earned enough to qualify.
The analysis seems to agree with the majority of Americans who see the American ...

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