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    Dreaming of Equality of Opportunity, Not Outcome

    In the United States, dreams have a funny way of becoming reality. That’s what makes the American dream so powerful. It’s renewed, and usually achieved, in each new generation. It’s been more than 50 years now since Martin Luther King Jr. described his goal of equality of opportunity for all … More

    Fulfilling the Dream

    This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. My own journey—to provide an opportunity for quality education for all children—began in Little Rock, Arkansas. It continued in Washington, D.C., and has now brought me full circle back to Little Rock to stand with parents so that … More

    You Won’t Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream

    This is Jason Greenslate’s typical day: “Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking.” He also plays in a rock band. And he’s living off food stamps. He has no income—he’s not interested in getting a job—and he’s eating on … More

    Does Your Religion Define How You Think About Economics?

    The authors of a new Brookings Institution survey believe the American Dream is dead—or at least in trouble. And who’s to blame? Religious conservatives. Progressives, on the other hand, want everyone to have equal opportunities in the name of social justice—but with a caveat: If you start out ahead in … More

    Occupy Wall Street Occupies the White House

    The Occupy Wall Street Movement may be dead as a doornail, but its spirit is alive and well in the White House. Only a few minutes into his umpteenth major pivot to the economy, the President went after the target of the occupiers’ once seething animosity: the reviled 1 percent. … More

    Hispanics Are Conservative, Too

    According to a recent McLaughlin poll, over 50 percent of Hispanics would vote for a conservative candidate in an election, and almost one-third identified themselves as conservatives. While this may be a surprise to some, the truth is that conservative values are shared by many in the Hispanic community. As … More

    Morning Bell: The Kind of Immigration Reform We Could Support

    The Senate voted yesterday to advance the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration bill. The big question in Washington: Did they even read the entire thing? A new version of the bill came out on Friday, giving Senators and the American people just one weekend to look it over. Apparently, the … More

    Pathway to Citizenship Is Amnesty (VIDEO)

    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said that the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill is not amnesty—and he’s willing to debate anyone who believes it is. Appearing on “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Heritage’s Genevieve Wood said lawmakers are using buzzwords like “pathway to citizenship,” but at the end of the … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on Innovative Ways to Create a Savings Culture

    I learned the importance of saving money early in life. After birthdays or holidays, my father would take my brother and me to the local savings bank to deposit money into our accounts. We even had a small booklet to track the interest we earned between visits. I consider it … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Shrink the Monster

    Does the debt ceiling affect YOU? It does—in many ways. A new video by Bankrupting America uses humor to call attention to an issue that is anything but funny, and why it matters for every American household. Recent Heritage research reveals how the rising national debt hurts American families, including: … More