For decades, reaching for any part of the American dream almost guaranteed a better living standard than the previous generation.
For those willing to work hard and gain the needed education or training, the reward was usually having more than your parents did.
Those days might be over.
At least by anecdotal evidence, many kids today are having a hard time matching what their parents had.
A job that would last?
Not as easy to come by as in previous generations.
A guaranteed pension plan?
Gone with the wind.