|Heard another interesting piece on the radio today - NPR.|
About the American dream - or how well someone with zero assets can do today in America 2006 versus in other countries.
Advancement by merit for a person of merit born with zero assets, versus a person with few skills born with wealth in the US.
Previously, the idea had been that the person would have the best chance in America - but statistics don't bear that out anymore.
Canada, France, Denmark, and I believe Australia - all have a higher "dream score" now than the US in 2006. The US is near the bottom of industrialized countries on that list - the UK is 2nd. If we get rid of estate taxes, we can pass the UK, and end up on the bottom of the opportunity list.
They remarked that the "French Dream" doesn't have the same ring as the American dream used to though lol.