What a dingbat. How is it possible for it to be dead?
America's greatness came from people building their lives through individual effort. No matter how badly our financial situation becomes, the people that crossed the Great Plains and settled the West had it worse than us. The American Dream isn't about guarantees and standards of living, it's about having the freedom to succeed or fail based on your own performance.
The American Dream is dead. Bah! What balderdash.