When capitalism reigned supreme in this country, Americans celebrated stories about "rags to riches." Stories about "self-made millionaires." Stories about achievement by overcoming adversity.
Today, with capitalism falling into disfavor and government now running our lives, we read story after story like this, from today's New York Times:
Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs
And this, from today's Washington Post:
The danger in a declining middle class
Capitalism is on the decline. So is the American Dream.
Both trends are still reversible.
But the clock ticks.