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In “Hiding from Reality” Bob Herbert gives his opinion on how the American Dream is a fleeting concept. He talks about the numerous steps the government has took in the past in the face of recession, and how it just continues to hurt children, the sick and the public school system. Herbert believes that America is in denial, and until ‘’we” as society address the various issues we have. Than nothing can be solved, and The American Dream cannot really exist.
In “Is The American Dream Over?” Cal Thomas summarizes Bob Herbert’s passage. Thomas believes that Herbert does not asses blame for why the American Dream is dwindling. Thomas believes that the government is dysfunctional and people shouldn’t place all their hopes and dreams in it. Thomas believes that individual initiative is how one should fulfill their dreams. In this case the American Dream. Thomas agrees with certain aspects of Herbert claims but offers more solutions to actually achieving The American Dream, and Thomas also gives a definition of what the American dream has been for many generations now.
In my opinion I believe that Thomas offers the best way to achieve the American Dream. Thomas said “ The rules are known to previous generations: studying and staying in school; achieving at least an under-graduate degree; avoiding drugs that harm your mind and body; getting married and working hard to stay married…”These are some of the few examples Thomas gives of the American Dream In our society, and how an individual can achieve it. Thomas’s main point is self-initiative. To get what you want or to solve a problem such as poverty people need to have self-motivation to fixing their economic situations. I also agree with certain aspect of Herbert’s argument. Herbert believes that the government continues to add taxes on various things and cut pension and health benefits, which does not help but hurts various people. If it has not worked so far why continue doing so at all? Herbert also believes that the public school system is suffering due to the fact of budget cuts. Herbert believes all of these things are being ignored therefor adding on to our nation’s poverty, and it can only be solved once we stop ignoring these issues.