Pop Quiz: Is America Still the Land of Economic Opportunity?

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rags to riches in America?
"Moving on up" is a fundamental part of America's identity, but for many members of the middle class, the path from rags to riches is getting harder to navigate. To gauge the state of American promise, we dug into the numbers: Take our quiz to find out if American hope lives up to American hype.


Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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fielectric

No guarantee, but if you follow the rules your chances are much much better.
1. Education which teaches an employable skill and critical thinking.
2. Job
3. Marriage to the opposite sex
4. Children
It's important to get the order straight.

July 30 2012 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

or as my college roommate did:
1. quit college after 1 year (no real money in an engineering degree)
2. have parents finance a Honda dealership
3. marry into another rich family
4. no children
5. multi-millionaire before age 30

July 30 2012 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Somehole should pop up soon. LMAO!!!!

July 30 2012 at 12:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
michelebachmann8

I heard John Mccain is now calling the tea baggers the bizzaro party.

July 30 2012 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michelebachmann8

Hi tea baggers,........don't forget to get a copy of newsweek magazine. I'm on the front cover you can't miss it, I have this crazy crosseyed look on my face. Don't forget tea baggers to repeal the 20th century............

July 30 2012 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

Another one of Evans screen names.

Obamas a fiasco

July 30 2012 at 12:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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michelebachmann8

Who's evan crackpot?

July 30 2012 at 12:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
democracks0

You're Evan that's why you respond to all comments directed to Evan.

July 30 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
supermolar

just the last 8 years of the 20th century-when the democrats passed the Gatt and Nafta trade agreements both signed by clinton-to allow offsahoring of millions of American manufacturing jobs.

July 30 2012 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

Actually it was the repubs that passed these acts, they were in power and had enough votes to overcome a presidential veto. Nice try at re-write of history.

July 30 2012 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
democracks0

Evan thinks a job is walking to the currency exchange to cash his welfare checks.

July 30 2012 at 11:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

LMAO See Evans back now voting comments down.

July 30 2012 at 11:30 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Isn't it something that Obama hasn't met with his job council in nearly 7 months. He claims he laser focused on jobs. Just another of his many lies.

July 30 2012 at 11:01 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Here's a comment that Evan voted down 6 times.

imalibnow2
God is in control and He is punishing us for turning away from Him.

July 30 2012 at 10:56 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Evan posted that he only has 7 screen names. LMAO. More like 70

July 30 2012 at 10:37 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Obama loves the 1% when they contribute to his $40,000.00 fund raisers.

July 30 2012 at 10:35 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply