The New American Dream

7:04am: Even though a majority of Americans still desire to own a home, they are losing faith in homeownership as a key to prosperity. More
Apr 25: More than 25 million middle class American households are living paycheck to paycheck. Most have homes, but no savings. More
Feb 11: One reader steps in to help as Congress ignores long-term unemployed by cutting benefits. More
Dec 9: Despite the notion that it's easy to make it in America, the country has far less economic mobility than most other industrialized nations. More
Aug 2: The Postal Service wants to tap a new revenue stream by shipping you alcohol, like the way UPS and Fed Ex does. They need Congress to do that. More
Mar 7: The gap between hourly compensation and productivity is at a post-war high. More
Nov 28: The number of households receiving food stamps grew by nearly 10% last year. More
Nov 20: You needed an adjusted gross income of $370,000 to get into the top 1% in 2010, up from $352,000 a year earlier More
Oct 24: There are millions of Americans living just above the poverty line. Not all are protected by the safety net. More
Sep 20: Mississippi leads states in poverty rate and lags in income, according to Census Bureau figures. More
Sep 13: Government assistance programs help keep Americans out of poverty. Unemployment insurance saved 2.3 million Americans from falling below the poverty line. More
Sep 12: Median household income falls to $50,054 in 2011 and is down 8.1% since 2007. Poverty rate drops slightly to 15.0%. More
Sep 11: The net worth of the top 1% has ballooned in recent decades, up from 125 times the wealth of the median household in 1962. More than one in five families have zero or negative net worth. More
Jun 12: In Morris County, New Jersey, food stamp rolls have swelled 240% for the middle class since the recession began. More
May 10: Economic mobility is greatest in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions and worst in the South. More
May 2: Growing income inequality has led to ballooning debt loads for the bottom 95% of Americans. More
Mar 20: The new Republican budget proposal would turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grants, and require people to work to get food stamps and other assistance. More
Mar 2: Wealth in America: New IRS data shows that the majority of 1.8 million wealthiest have net worth below $3 million, while less than 4% are truly uber-rich. More
Feb 23: Millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last decade, but it's not too late for the industry to stage a comeback. More
Feb 20: It is magical thinking to believe that manufacturing can reclaim the role it had in the mid-20th century, and contribute importantly to the resurgence of today's economy. More
Feb 7: More than a third of Americans lived in households receiving government assistance in mid-2010. Medicaid and food stamps were most popular programs. More
Jan 25: The interest rate on federal student loans is scheduled to increase to 6.8% if Congress doesn't act. President Obama urged lawmakers to stop the hike in the State of the Union. More
Jan 12: A top White House economic adviser says growing income inequality is threatening the nation's financial health. Alan Krueger blames Bush tax cuts and promotes Obama policies. More
Jan 11: Nearly a third of Americans who grow up middle class face downward mobility in adulthood. And that's before the Great Recession hit, which is hurting mobility. More
Jan 4: Income inequality has been driven by the Bush tax cuts and from increased income from capital gains and dividends, a new report shows. All this benefits the rich more. More
Jan 4: It only takes $34,000 per person to be amid the richest 1% of people in the world. More
Dec 12: Today's young women make $1.17 for every $1 their moms earned back in 1980. Young men, however, aren't so lucky when it comes to the American Dream. More
Nov 28: More than 20% of Americans face economic insecurity because they don't have the savings to cope with this decline, according to a new report. More
Nov 7: The wealth gap between the oldest and youngest adult generations in America, recently expanded to its widest ever. More
Most young people don't think they're better off than their parents, but some still believe their own personal American Dream is in reach. More
Several leading Republican candidates think more people should pay taxes, though they don't want to hike rates on the rich, which they call 'class warfare.' President Obama, meanwhile, supports a millionaire's surcharge. More
More people in poverty live in America's suburbs than in cities or rural areas. And their numbers are multiplying fast, overwhelming social service agencies' ability to help them.More
The typical middle class household saw its income fall by 1.4% during the economic downturn. But in 21 states and the District of Columbia, income rose between 2007 and 2010.More
Millions of people are living in poverty and barely getting by, depending on government assistance. Here's what they're doing to survive. More
Middle class income fell 7% in the latest decade, according to the latest census data. The median U.S. household makes $49,445, a level not seen since 1996. More
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