The new American dream is to get by. Americans work to have a job to be able to afford having a job. Keeping a job costs money. Just to hold on to a job you need a car, gas, clothes, food, and other essentials. People can’t afford getting sick, a visit to the emergency for something as simple as a sprain ankle will cost over 2 thousand dollars. At the end of the day, at the end of the shift, and at the end of the pay check very little is left over after living expenses, credit cards, student loans, taxes, fees, surcharges, and everything else is paid off. The American dream has been deferred, the new American dream is to survive and get by.