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Effects on the American Dream, Both Positive and Negative

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Effects on the American Dream, Both Positive and Negative

The editors of Forbes called on these writers: James Q. Wilson, Katherine Newman, Robert Reich, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Natwar M. Gandhi, and Charles Derber. To answer this following question: If things are so good, why do we feel so bad? The American Dream has both positive and negative effects on the country, but in the end people will ultimately create their own fates.

There are many positive effects that the American Dream has such immigrant origins, to the United States. Americans have a higher standard of living, that’s why immigrants come to the United States to have freedom, self-expression, and also to have a better standard of living as well (Wilson 437). Wilson mentions that Americans should take a trip to travel elsewhere to meet people who want to know how to immigrate to the United States (437). Wilson also states that Americans “purchasing power equivalents” (437) are the highest in the world, and how America’s taxes are also the lowest in the world. Reich observes a story that’s been heard over a hundreds of times; he uses the story of George. This American morality tale, it is retold in many versions, “it is about how we should live our lives in this country”(Reich 390). Reich notes that “everyone had a favorite variation, but the basic theme is the same arid speaks to the essence of our national self-image: Ours is a nation of humble, immigrant origins, built out of nothing and into greatness through hard work; generous to those in need, those who cannot make it on their own; a loner among nations, suspicious of foreign entanglements, but willing to stand up against tyranny; and forever vigilant against corruption and special privilege (Reich 391).” Gandhi mentions that the country is forming a “melting pot” and how the “new generation of immigrants bring vitality” (Gandhi 429). America is constantly evolving, which draws the immigrants here; also, it attracts the best and the...