For centuries people have come across the U. borders from foreign countries hoping for a better life, a life that is free from unruly dictators and poverty for them and their families. They want to live in the land of opportunities. As Thomas Jefferson once declared, "All men are created equal " (___). John Adams added that "all men are born with equal powers and faculties, to equal influence in society, to equal property and advantages through life " (The New American, 2013).These words were expressed by one of the creators of the society, which was supposed to become one of the most democratic and freest countries in the world. But has it really become like this? Is America really a country of equal opportunity for everyone? Every person that comes to the United States has this idea of "American Dream " which means that everyone will have an equal opportunity to find a job and succeed. Most people hope to find some way to make a living that they enjoy, something that they view as useful; unfortunately, many do not have this luxury. The American Dream is believed to be blind to race, sex, or socio-economic status and at a first glance, seems to be almost Utopian.
In today's society, a good portion of the population is forced to work jobs that they hate and that pay minimum wage. When it comes to income and wealth in America, no matter how one slice the pie, the rich get most of the pie and the rest get the leftovers. People who have much wealth occupy the top classes of society and enjoy the most privileges as brought on by their wealth and social status. In contrast, people who are poor have little or no access to these privileges and are often banished in terms of education and social services. .
Paragraph # 1: Explaining who the 1% is.
For a long period of time, most people had no idea how wealth was distributed in the United States. People had an elusive knowledge of the wealthy minority.