After the launch of my new book, Saving the American Dream, I was given the opportunity by Forbes to contribute an article on why the American Dream matters, and how it can be saved. Below is an excerpt:
To some, the American Dream may seem like a quaint idea from a bygone era. But as a self-made entrepreneur, and the son of parents who came to America searching for and finding opportunity and success, I can attest to the truth and power of the amalgam of hard work, thrift, responsibility and advancement.
The opportunity to pursue advanced education, career growth, entrepreneurial passions and material comfort based on ambition and hard work rather than race, class, or background have not only made the United States a preeminent world power, but a model for nations everywhere and a beacon of hope for generations of people like me.
Our political leaders have long championed the American Dream. Yet right now, it is our own policy makers who are slowly killing it. The American Dream is being buried under the cumulative weight of regulations that are making it harder than ever for individuals to start and run the small businesses that provide jobs and impeding the ability of community financial institutions to support these businesses.
You can read the full article at Forbes here.