The American Dream

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Guests Louis CK, Florian Keller, and Neil Hamburger. Louis CK is one of America's best standup comics -- we talk with him about his new kind of old-fashioned sitcom. Florian Keller writes in his book "Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream" that Kaufman's work was a satire of that cherished ideal. Also, America's Funnyman, Neil Hamburger stops in to talk about his sad, sad, sad life.

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American Dream

There is this American Dream sitcom, an American Dream stage-play but the real American Dream that was conceptualized by historian James Truslow Adams in 1931 which he refer to as the dream land which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement. But this could be impossible right now because of the simultaneous crisis happening in our country. Almost every megalith of business had its roots as a start up business at one point, and people were there at the ground floor. However, it's getting harder to do so. John Taylor, VP of research for the National Venture Capitalists Association reports that ventures are down, because people are far choosier about who'll they'll financially back with installment loans to start a company. The number of investments has dropped over 50% since last year. Venture capitalists have been hit hard by the recession, and it makes it harder for people with a start up business to get the installment loans they need to realize their dream.