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USA – Land of Opportunity?

The American Dream

There are a lot of people  who dream of moving to the United States as they wish to live the american dream. The reason for this is that they view it as being the land of opportunity. This used to just be taken for granted but is this stil the case?

According to Richard Florida, the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, The economic crisis has put a substantial crimp in a cornerstone of the American dream – their ability to climb the socio-economic ladder.  He also suggests that suggests that young ambitious Americans may be headed overseas – to China, India, emerging economies and other places to pursue economic opporrtunity.  On the other hand starting up your own business is far easier in the U.S. than in most other countries.  Admittedly this is often because of necessity as the result of the prejudices that they encounter in the job hunt.ppo

According to  the reason therefore is that there is  far less red tape in

starting a business than there is in most places and as being the largest economy there is also the best

chance to grow your business and see it become a success.

Working Conditions

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece.”
– Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech April 26, 2012

I believe this quote says a lot about the american working conditions. Furthermore, I found an interesting blogpost called Working in the USA-Experiences of an European. . Thomas Driemeyer is talking about his experiences on working in the United States.If you are interested, here is the link of the blogpost:


4 thoughts on “USA – Land of Opportunity?

  1. Links directly under Richard Florida,, and Thomas Driemeyer would work much, better, because then I could figure out exactly what you are referring to!

    I looked up “richard florida”, found “Paying Retail Workers a Little Better Can Make a Huge Difference in The Atlantic magazine’,, an argument similar to the possible #4: “Paying retail workers more makes economic sense and could help spur and strengthen America’s economic recovery.”

    Maybe the thing to do is to cite the arguments of relevant professionals directly, and maybe even follow them (like The Konstanze Model).

    As it happens Florida shows you how. Look at how he cites others, using “argues” and “adds” and how he wrapped up these quotes “they say” with his own framework (“I say”):

    “Paying retail workers better also offers substantial benefits to the companies that employ them. While this may seem counterintuitive, detailed academic research backs it up. Zeynep Ton of MIT’s Sloan School of Management argues that seeing keeping wages low as the way to achieve low prices and high profits is badly mistaken: “The problem with this very common view is that it assumes that an employee working at a low-cost retailer can’t be any more productive than he or she currently is. It’s mindless work so it doesn’t matter who does it. If that were true, then it really wouldn’t make any sense to pay retail workers any more than the least you can get away with.”

    “Like the leading high-tech and manufacturing companies, the best, most high-performing retail companies benefit from having better paid, more skilled and more engaged workers. In a study published in the Harvard Business Review, Ton finds that the retail companies that invest the most in their lowest paid workers “also have the lowest prices in their industries, solid financial performance, and better customer service than their competitors.” Commenting on a recent New York Times article on the growth of retail work, she adds that: ….

    Again: Florida shows you how to do this: look at how he cites others, using “argues” and “adds,” and how he wrapped up these quotes, “they say”, with his own framework (“I say”).

    Good Luck!

  2. Hey Lucy,
    your post is very well done! i like the reporting verbs you used and the text is neither to long nor to short. It’y obvious that you have done good research and I like the hint to another blogpost.
    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see one of the pictures. Is there a mistake with the upload? The pictures you used a supportive and the quote keeps the reader interested. It would be interesting to know what you take out of it and what other people, especially US employees and amployers think about that topic. Maybe an idea for your next blogpost??
    Good Job!

  3. Hey lucyboxan,

    first of all your post looks fantastic! The layout is great. Nice headings, images and quotations. Content wise you have shown that you have carefully researched. Great!
    In one paragraph you name a website. In order to make it accessible to the reader you can just simple add a link to it. I guess you have just overseen it? I also like that you have in some way connected your post to the previous one because they both obviously deal with American working conditions and you have denoted last time under what circumstances Ice Road Trucker have to work. I really like the development you made. Good luck!

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