AirTalk for August 8, 2012

How to restore the 'American dream'

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Does the American Dream still exist?

What is the “American dream?” Is it a big house and two cars in the garage? A big screen TV? Education and a stable job?

In their latest book,“The Betrayal Of The American Dream,” Pulitzer prize winners Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, explain that the American dream boils down to the belief that if you “worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours.”

But according to Barrett and Steele, that dream, and the American middle class that prospered because of it, is under attack. Between deregulation in industry, unequal tax practices and outsourcing of jobs, things are only getting worse.

Bartlett and Steele, however, have their own plan to restore the “American dream,” like reforming the tax code, making free trade fairer for American workers and investing in infrastructure here at home. Without that remedy, the “American dream” could become a nightmare.

Guest:

Donald L. Barlett, co-author of The Betrayal of the American Dream (Public Affairs Books); former investigative reporter for Vanity Fair, Time magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer; recipient, with James Steele, of two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards

James B. Steele, co-author of The Betrayal of the American Dream (Public Affairs Books); former investigative reporter for Vanity Fair, Time magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer; recipient, with Donald Barlett, of two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards


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