Poll: Fewer Believe the American Dream is Possible
Washington Must Restore Economic Opportunity for All
(Washington, D.C.) – By a margin of 64 percent to 33 percent, Americans say the United States no longer offers everyone an equal chance to get ahead. The view is even stronger among those who earn less than $50,000 per year – with 73 percent saying so. These numbers are not surprising considering the pressures on younger workers and on those with fewer skills. The unemployment rate for those between the ages of 16 and 24 is currently about twice the national average. Those with just a high school education find it increasingly hard to break into the labor force and acquire needed skills. Few in Washington recognize this serious problem and are offering an agenda that would improve the situation.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative released the following statement:
"For generations, Americans have believed that through hard work they could do better than their parents. This country was built by wave upon wave of immigrants – who knew that they could come to America, to work hard, save money, start a business, and build a better future for their children. And when they built that future for their own children, they built a better country for all of us.
Now, millions fear America is losing that. As Washington spends and taxes more, and as excessive regulations creep into the decisions made by small businesses and entrepreneurs, it gets harder for people to get the opportunity they need to get started in life. Washington flourishes, while we suffer. As politicians grow their power, we are rendered more and more powerless. And as bureaucrats gain more control we become the controlled. People know that we can do better. It's time for Washington to reverse the dependency trend that threatens all of our futures and restore the path to prosperity that so many came in search of."
For interviews with a LIBRE representative, please contact: Judy Pino, 202-578-6424 or Brian Faughnan, 571-257-3309.