Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thoughtful Thursday: What's YOUR American Dream?
The economy is in trouble. I know they've been saying this for a while, but I actually believe it now.
A friend's husband is getting laid off.
Another friend's husband has lost a third of his business contracts, and she is scrambling to make sure that the family can still get needed medical and dental services.
Others are afraid of losing their jobs, driving unreliable cars, and dreading a whole variety of unexpected expenses and income loss.
I received an action alert today from Moveon.org about the greed of Wall Street bankers taking big bonuses whilst expecting the federal government to spend taxpayers' dollars on bank bailouts.
The alert said "Wall Street bankers took home in 2008."
That's a whole lotta dough. It would pay for a lot of dental checkups or brake jobs. was reacting to the $18.4 billion in bonuses that
What it comes down to, for me anyway, is nothing less than defining the American dream. Is it that anyone can grab as much as they can? That government should not get in the way of profit-making endeavors? That there should be no regulation of business? That this is a great country because a person can rise to a level where they make an obscene amount of money while others go hungry?
Um.....I don't think so.
I believe in the idea of one's fair share. And not the insane excess that some people have been taking and spending.
One of my friends recently sent me a picture of her taken at the FDR Memorial in DC. I totally love that place. It's full of beautiful natural stone and water and great bronze sculptures. I'm inspired by his quotes, chiseled into the stone. The one I've shared above encapsulates one of the reasons I'm a Democrat, and what I hope fellow Democrats believe. I'd love it if my fellow Americans all believed it.
What do you believe?