The video below may or may not be news to some of you, but the American political and economic system is on a path headed in the wrong direction. Why aren’t we the greatest country in the world? What happened to the American Dream? Most American children grow up thinking that a strong work ethic and education will provide them with a bright future. Most American teenagers dream of the day when they are adults and make more money than their parents. While this once was true, our social mobility is now stagnate. The socio-economic gap between the lower and upper class is widening at an alarming rate and the government are the key perpetrators. Is it still possible for Americans to pull themselves up by their boot straps and work hard enough to get out of poverty? That answer is no, and our political policies are causing that aperture in society.
The only way to solve this problem of growing inequalities and the loss of the American Dream is to determine the root of the problem. I believe that root is vested right in our nations capital in the policies that our elected officials vote on. My research focuses on government policies that perpetuate inequalities. I hope to find clear evidence in governmental policies that explain why we have income inequality and are increasingly cynical towards our political system. I hope that my peers recognize that it is exceedingly difficult to argue that America is the greatest country in the world and inspire them to think critically about our culture and how we can improve it.
By: Millie Goebel