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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy

Washington Post-Miller Center poll result

More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Read more about the increasing job anxieties of U.S. workers here

PHOTOS: Milstein Meeting on New Manufacturing

Commissioners Matthew Burnett, John Engler and Bernie Carlson

A group of twelve experts in "new manufacturing" gathered to identify best practices for encouraging the growth of small- and medium-enterprises in the U.S. in the first Milstein Commission meeting, held on October 22 in Washington, D.C. View photos here. 

Haley Barbour, Evan Bayh Co-Chairing Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing

Manufacturing symposium participants

Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing members

Former Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) and former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) co-chaired the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing meeting in Washington, DC yesterday. The other commission members, listed below, include a mix of policymakers, business leaders, scholars, and journalists. 

VIDEO: Miller Center Town Hall Meeting on the American Dream

The State of the American Dream

Watch this video from the Miller Center’s October 2 Town Hall meeting  for a more detailed analysis of the recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll results and impressions from audience members about the state of the American Dream.

President Carter: Americans’ Prospects Today “Not as Good” As Thirty Years Ago

Image: American President

President Carter said in an interview from a Habitat for Humanity construction site on Monday that Americans' prospects for the future are not as rosy as they were thirty years ago when he was in office.  He pointed to increasing income disparity--which he noted is two times as great as it was during his administration-- and a lack of affordable housing as two of the reasons Americans felt less assured about the future.

In Battle for Middle Class, All of Washington is Losing

Politicians from both sides of the aisle may court the middle-class in their rhetoric, but a Miller Center/Washington Post poll reveals that Americans are unconvinced that politicians are looking out for them. 

Is Higher Education Still Part of the “American Dream”?

It is a question gaining increasing attention from American families in the face of sky-rocketing tuition costs and an increasingly competitive job market for recent graduates. According to a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll, the answer is increasingly "no." 

Speech Clip: LBJ’s 1964 State of the Union Address and the “War on Poverty”

LBJ discusses the need for 'better schools, better health, better homes, and better training" to cure the symptoms of poverty and prevent them in the future during his 1964 State of the Union Address. Almost 50 years later, 65% of Americans still worry to some degree that their total family income will not be enough to meet their expenses and bills. 

Washington Post/Miller Center Poll on the American Dream Released

Read the full story and interactive results of aWashington Post/Miller Center Poll released this weekend that explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future. The poll results will serve as a starting point for the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century, a Miller Center initiative bringing together policymakers, business leaders, scholars, and journalists to advance ideas for rebuilding the American Dream. 

POLL: Which best describes the meaning of the American Dream to you?

Is it education? security? opportunity? something else?

Click here to take the poll and see how others are responding. 

October 2 Town Hall Participants Named

Participants at the Miller Center's Town Hall meeting on October 2 will include the following experts: MARTIN BARON, executive editor of The Washington Post; THOMAS A. HIRSCHL, co-author of "Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shape Our Fortunes"; and JENNIFER MARISCO, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. The Miller Center's DOUGLAS BLACKMON will moderate. The town hall, which begins at 6 pm, will focus on a soon-to-be-released Washington Post/Miller Center poll on the American Dream and what it means today.

Join the conversation by attending the televised event that will be broadcast on over 100 PBS stations nationally. 

Nixon: “The American Dream does not come to those who fall asleep.”

Clip: Nixon’s First Inaugural Address

In this clip from Nixon's first inaugural address, he urges the American public and the government to focus attention and funds on domestic concerns. He warns against the nation's citizens "falling asleep" and sacrificing the promise of the American Dream. 

Ronald Reagan Acceptance Speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention

Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention, 1980

Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan urges against "betraying the trust and goodwill of American workers who keep [the country] going" in this acceptance speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention.  

Milstein Symposium Launch Event Scheduled for October 2

The Miller Center will host a public launch event for the Milstein Symposium on October 2 at 6:00 pm. The format will be a Town Hall meeting bringing together leading scholars and journalists to explore critical questions regarding the American Dream:  What does it mean today?  What are the present challenges to achieving it?  How can we restore it? Speaker details will be announced here soon.