Are you living the American Dream? Or just struggling to get by? Changing the minimum wage, cuts to food stamps, and health care coverage have been all over the news. What does it take to “make it” in America today?
Politicians love to stump about the middle class and the American Dream. But the struggle to make a decent living in the United States isn’t just politics… it’s personal. Here’s a story from Arturo Camelot, a student at Tucson’s City High School.
Peter Edelman says government policies can either help or hinder people on the road to economic stability. Edelman’s the longtime policy advisor who quit Bill Clinton’s administration when the President signed new welfare laws that – in Edelman’s opinion – destroyed the social safety net.
One of the enduring ideas – and an everyday saying – is that it’s possible to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Of course, it’s physically impossible, but producer Sara Nics thought there had to be a way to do it with some engineering know-how and well-built boots.
Wanna make it in America, a good education gets you a long way, right?. That’s especially true if you’re not a white kid from a high income family. Parents and filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson have just released an astounding documentary about their son's journey through an elite New York prep school.
The Swedish thriller “Easy Money: Hard to Kill" is in theatres around the country right now. It's based on the hard-boiled crime novels of Jens Lapidus. As Steve Paulson discovered, Lapidus is not a big fan of most Swedish crime fiction...