Tag: American Dream

BENITA DODD Benita Dodd said the breakdown of the African-American family is a major factor that contributes to poverty when she participated in a panel this week in Atlanta. “Climbing the Ladder: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream” was presented by the Charles Koch Institute. “If you look at this country through the time of racial segregation, if you look at this country before the civil rights era when family cohesion was so much a part of the African-American family I think that you can see a lot more advancement having happened then than today,” said Dodd, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid. “Unfortunately too much of it is that moral imperative where we see that people… View Article

The Texas Model for Prosperity

How the American Dream is Fueling Economic Growth By Bill Peacock  Back in the depths of the Great Recession, Texas became the target of liberal commentators across the nation, just as the Lone Star State was in the midst of creating more new jobs than the rest of the nation combined. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman led the chorus claiming, “the Texas miracle is a myth, and … offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” Of course, it wasn’t the new jobs they minded: it was the fact that the Texas miracle was brought to pass by the Texas model of lower taxes, less regulation and a sound civil justice system. Though there is nothing… View Article

Will the American Dream become the American Memory?

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation When he spoke recently in Atlanta former New York City Public Schools chancellor Joel Klein suggested, “The question we are discussing right now is whether the American Dream becomes the American Memory on our watch.  That’s how serious I think this discussion is because the world is changing dramatically and our education system is not changing at all.” Georgia changed just a little bit this week when voters approved a path to state authorization for proposed charter schools that were turned down by local school boards.  Washington state voters voted on charters, Indiana voters rejected their reformist state superintendent in favor of a union-backed candidate, unions were successfully able to… View Article

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