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The American Dream Isn't Dead: Opinion

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I usually don't respond to ramblings of pessimists offering euphoria through increased government intrusion into our lives. The evidence is overwhelming in favor of free markets supporting higher standards of living compared to wealth destroying central planning.

However, in the spirit of America's Independence Day on Thursday, and to give thanks for living in our opportunity-filled land, I'm offering an alternative conclusion from an iniquitous article I had the displeasure of reading on MarketWatch.com by Rex Nutting.

According to Nutting, America's dream is dead. But let's read it in his own words:

"Whatever happened to the promise that anyone could build a better life by honest labor? That my life would be better than my parents', and that my kids' lives would be better than mine?"

"That America is gone..."

My first "what the hell?" is how does a man living the American dream write about the dream's demise? Didn't Nutting appreciate the irony of his own commentary? Maybe he didn't think anyone would notice? He could get a job serving drinks or, alternately, unemployed standing on a soapbox telling all who will listen about how he can't find employment because the American dream is gone.

Unless he's suggesting the government is forcing him to sit at his computer and type, he's exhibit A of what's wrong with his own article. Nutting can't have it both ways. Is he free to seek out opportunities and create a better life, or is he forced to live the life of a government official's edict?

The second "what the hell?" arrives quickly after the first. Nutting writes:

"...the rich.... and forcing the poor to survive on an increasingly frayed safety net."

Since when was anyone forced to survive on a social safety net? Also, when did the dream turn into living on the labor of others? Is sitting on the couch playing video games while waiting for government handouts part of the hopes and aspirations of the founding fathers?

Of course not, and higher taxes on producers while increasing handouts only decreases the former and increases the latter.

This isn't North Korea. If you think there's greater opportunity somewhere else, you're free to leave. It appears not everyone at MarketWatch received the memo that, in America, border guards are not preventing people from leaving. If you're poor and no longer feel America offers "the dream," you're totally free to seek better opportunities somewhere else.

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