The American dream died a generation back. This was the ability of children to rise above their parents status. Since Nixon "sold" the USA to China, and Reagan's treachery toward organized labor, the working class, has been losing. Our middle class is virtually extinct. According to the US census, nearly half of our population is living at or below poverty level. All the while the 1% continues to gain wealth at an obscene rate.
40 years in the US labor movement, watching it all being pissed away.