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The Obsession with Money and Greed in American SocietySince the Industrial Revolution in the United States The American people havebeen obsessed with the dollar Americans try to imitate the wealthy to hopefully makemoney The money that we do make is immediately spent Therefore there is a rise inconsumerism and materialism Also good qualities that people usually associate witheveryday ways of life have been concentrated an fattening peoples pocketbooks According to the classic American novel The Great Gatsby by F ScottFitzgerald this country has become a valley of ashes-a fantastic farm where ashes growlike wheat This leads to the conclusion that the American Dream has dissolved like an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a cesspool of petty desires and wants The populous has equatedbeing happy with being wealthy as if the richest of the rich have no cares in the world Now it is the trend to have money Bill Gates is the trendiest of them all From thecountless articles and news reports to the obscene popularity of the Windows programeveryone knows Bill Gates Or at least everyone has a guess to the total of his massivefortune At last count from the official Bill Gates Net Worth web site he has 5053Everyone wants to be like Bill which would explain the outrageously popularWho Wants to be a Millionaire According to 3bigshowscom an average of 24million Americans are sucked into the show each airing like a vacuum yelling what theybelieve to be the correct answers at a strangers face on the television screen as if theirscreams could change the contestants mind after choosing their answer but beforeanswering Regis now famous question Maybe if we yell loud enough they will hear usand share their new found fortunes with us Compared to twenty years ago the cost of living has dramatically increased Whatwould buy us 5000 worth of useless trinkets in 1980 would only buy us 2500 worthof things today according to the American Institute for Economic Research The reasonsfor this
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