What ever happened to the American dream?

The Statue of Liberty front shot, on Liberty I...

The Statue of Liberty front shot, on Liberty Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I travel from North to South Italy, I have talked to many fellow travellers, with a large number from North America. Focussing on the Americans, I picked up that many were worried for their children’s future. My sample was typically independent travellers – they were either recently retired professional people or had sold a business.  Some described their children as well-educated and in good jobs but the children feared for their future saddled with huge debts  and career advancement blockages.

This reminded me of a visit to Los Angeles in 2008, a few months before the financial crash – I was en-route to Australia. I remember vividly a conversation with a Russian taxi driver. I asked him why he had come to America and whether life was better for him and his family. He responded:

In Russia we had a very difficult life. In American, I still have a hard life and must work very hard but next year my daughter will qualify as a doctor…

Returning to Italy, we had befriended an American honeymoon couple, in which he had sold a business and she was a professional  – she described her background as very humble and proudly stated that she had worked her way through college earning tips in restaurants and bars. I wonder if it’s still possible to work your way through college?

With the US currently polarized between left and right and news of Mitt Romnay being given the support of the Bilderbergers, it is an exceptionally tough time for middle America. I repeatedly ask myself

Whatever happened to the American dream?

I remember well when young professional or skilled people went to North America because there were greater opportunities. Also I reflect on the people that I have met around the World, like India, who sent their children to the US for education hoping that they would find good jobs there too.

Times are very hard for young people around the World. Many struggle to gain jobs, often saddled with huge debts to finance their education. Increasingly, young people are encouraged to look to better opportunities overseas. It is even harder for those currently in education, worried about their futures.

The American dream provided a beacon welcoming millions of immigrants to America. So again I ask:

Whatever happened to the American dream