Editorial

Where has the dream gone?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Of more than 2,000 millennials polled by Harvard political scientists, just 49 percent say the American Dream is alive for them personally, while 48 percent declare it dead.

While some may see the even divide as balanced, the fact that about half of young people are pessimistic about the future is actually cause for alarm.

Likely causes of the pessimism include: low wages, oppressive student debt and no clear path to prosperity for the young.

It's no wonder that preying on fear and hopelessness is proving to be a winning formula in the contest to run America.