Rediscovering the American Dream

Throughout the world, people view America as the place to find a better life, still feeling that we are "the shining city on the hill." People aspire to be part of our vital and large middle class.

That was true of my family two generations ago and is still true for much of the world. You work hard, you play by the rules, you move ahead. It works.

Sure, in past years politicians and tax policy have been fairly successful transferring wealth from the middle class to a small upper class. That's the point of tax breaks for the rich. However, I see a lot of vitality in the American middle class.


Big Brother is bipartisan

The great coming issue is privacy. The great sucking sound you hear is government and business wanting to know what you write in e-mails, what condoms you purchase at the pharmacy, what books you read in the library and what credit cards you use at the store. Privacy is the issue that should unite Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) while bringing together Matt Drudge and Frank Rich.

Google is one of the great inventions of modern history. But do you want anyone willing to pay and the government that wants to watch what you have Googled or searched for on the Internet? This is a great debate that needs to happen.

Read More... — real info on new healthcare options


The new healthcare stuff sounds way more complicated than it is, but like with any kind of insurance, there's always a need for a little help. just launched, and the folks doing it are serious about getting it right, and helping us all with what we need to know.

The site brings together all pertinent information regarding health insurance plans, and makes it reasonably easy to compare what plans might work for you. It also addresses your rights, and how the Affordable Care Act will help you.

AmericaSpeaks: Town halls and more on the national budget

The online grassroots democracy thing is real, and gathering momentum. Here's another example of a notable effort, focusing on the national budget.

As I recall, nearly half of the deficit is from tax cuts for the rich, and half regarding the war in Iraq, including missing cash and big-ticket items. (I wish more of that had gone to support the troops, but my bias is showing.) (Please fact-check me.)


Please vote: Campus Progress National Keynote Contest

We hear that students aren't getting involved in politics post-Obama election, but the reality looks different.

Campus Progress and HuffPost College have put together a national keynote contest that will give three young people the chance to attend and address the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference, July 7 in D.C. The videos of the top six contestants contradict what we've heard. They make clear that many in this new generation are staying involved and have important things to say:


The iPhone and American pride

Later today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take his usual place on stage at the software company's annual conference and, if rumors are true, unveil the latest iteration of his masterpiece — the iPhone. Oh, this isn't just a new 2010 version of last year's model. No, sir, this is the 4G iPhone, full of technology and teeming with promise to turn yet another corner in cell phone advancement.


Getting real improving government — an update

I was at the Personal democracy Forum (PdF), where I heard a lot of people talk about serious progress in online grassroots democracy and fixing government, particularly in Washington. (Check for some reports.)

A lot's happening that the mainstream media never covers, so here's something big from PdF, a few things from Aneesh Chopra, the chief technology officer for America.

He points out that over the last year or so, we're seeing the emergence of serious efforts to provide better customer service to citizens and to save money for higher priorities.


Another lesson from BP

What does the oil spill tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico teach us about the privacy dilemma of the 21st century?

The ocean is being spoiled, along with the birds and the fish and the people, the nature all around, by BP’s avoidable accident. The powerful United States government is stymied because it relied on the wrongdoer to correct its wrongdoing. Oil drilling technology is so complicated that the government relied on BP’s technology to cure its accident. By the time it does — if it ever does — the immense damages already incurred will grow exponentially.