Brokaw on The American Dream

Monday, December 26, 2011

Former anchor of the NBC Nightly News and author of The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw, talks about his new book, The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America; Who we are, where we've been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream.


Tom Brokaw

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A requirement for one year of public service by every citizen would be of huge benefit to the country. Pay minimum wage, and give VA or Medicare health benefits. Non-profits, governmental agencies, local police & fire companies, community gardens and local farms in addition to the longer-term opportunities of the Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America and the military would unite us as only working toward shared common goals can.

Mandatory voting serves a similar purpose. If you don't like the candidates or the choices, cast a blank ballot. It is a much more accurate measure of dissatisfaction with the system that not showing up.

Dec. 26 2011 03:55 PM

Brokaw is locked into old thinking and stale ideas. His casual dismissal of the Occupy movement was predictable. Corporate sponsorship of work training programs? Oh yeah Tom, that's a GREAT idea.

Dec. 26 2011 11:05 AM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

Why do even intelligent, articulate journalists insist on injecting the meaningless expression "... if you will" when they speak figuratively?

Dec. 26 2011 11:02 AM
Paul from brooklyn

If job requirements/descriptions are changing daily how do you suggest addressing the issue of re-training for people already in the workforce. Life time continuing education in combination with falling wages is bankrupting people

Dec. 26 2011 10:48 AM
Jacqueline from Brooklyn

Please question Brokaw about the greatest generation voting for two-tier contracts in the 70s. Those acts, along with their support for the Vietnam War, disenfranchise Baby Boomers from public particpation.

Dec. 26 2011 10:48 AM

Tom Brokaw = out of touch blowhard.

Dec. 26 2011 10:47 AM
Joe Corrao

We owe the government nothing

Dec. 26 2011 10:46 AM

Democracy Participation = Voter participation. It's already been paid for by so many others, making it anti social to not vote.

It is not have to be necessary to vote for a candidate, but at least one would participate, and participation in any democracy should be required by all. Else it's NOT democratic.

I didn't participate in the draft or military because of the way my father was treated when he came back from world war II.
The military officially changed it's treatment of blacks, but America had not, and appears to be still working on it.

Dec. 26 2011 10:44 AM
Joe Corrao

We're not the greatest generation because we rely on the gvt for way too much...we are soft.

Dec. 26 2011 10:29 AM

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