9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sam Becker, Cheat SheetCan you name America’s biggest export? While many things probably spring to mind, the answer is something a bit more intangible — culture. Through movies, television shows, music, and all manner of products and services, the American way of life is packed up and shipped across the globe, helping align what we value most with what others around the world do as well.In many ways, what we’re showcasing is the concept of “the American Dream.” It’s a concept that doesn’t have a strict definition, but is typically explained as the ability to improve one’s standing in society through hard work and education, and ultimately share a piece of America’s prosperity with a home, property, and other basic necessities. While the rest of the world becomes more familiar with the concept, a sad reality is settling in on the domestic front.That is, the American Dream is now easier to attain for people who live outside of America than those who live in it. Or, another way to put it is that economic mobility has been stunted in the U.S. As far back as 2004 the progressive think tank The Century Foundation argued that “recent evidence shows that there is much less mobility in the United States than most people assume,” and that “rags to rags and riches to riches are now the norm in this country to a greater degree than in many other developed nations.”It goes on to say: “Our current education system, anti-discrimination laws, and other public policy tools that aim to give the children of poor parents a fair shot at a high income are not getting the job done. We may all believe in the American Dream, but we have a lot of work to do if we are to make that dream a reality.” continue reading »
Authorities in Columbia, South Carolina are reporting that they have arrested a mother who intentionally set her vehicle on fire with her toddler inside.The incident was reported on Sunday around 1:30 pm on Interstate-126.Witnesses say they noticed the parked vehicle on fire and went over to help.When they arrived, they found 23-year-old Caylin Allise Watson standing outside of the burning vehicle, while her 14-month-old son sat inside of the vehicle.The witnesses were eventually able to get the child out of the vehicle.He was then handed over to authorities who rushed to Georgia’s Augusta Burn Center in critical condition.Allise was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. She was then transported to a local jail after the fire department found evidence that the fire was intentional.Allise has since been charged with attempted murder, first degree and third degree arson, abuse, and infliction of great bodily injury upon a child.Authorities say they do not have a motive at this time and are still investigating the incident.