Whatever happened to democracy, freedom, liberty, hard work, opportunity and dedication?
From the Press of Atlantic City:
The taupe-colored house in Pleasantville stands out for its spiffy newness. The front door is blizzard white and the wooden porch is clutter-free. Jorge and Maria Hernandez zero in on the house’s “for sale” sign.
Could this be home?
They digest the view before a real estate agent ushers them inside. Maria had been unsure from the outside, but now her affection for the house grows when she realizes just how much room there is: A walk-in closet in the master bedroom. A second bathroom for the children. A backyard – spacious enough for a deck.
The initial buyer decided to pull out at the last minute, leaving the seller in a bind, the agent says. The house is priced at $249,000, but the seller will negotiate.
“Maria, this one is right,” Jorge tells his wife. She prays on it.
Three months later, Maria is in her two-bedroom apartment on the Pleasantville-Absecon border, which she shares with her husband, young grandson and goddaughter.
“I want it for my grandson,” she says. “I want my baby to say, ‘This is my house.'”
They are another family trying to pull themselves up the economic rungs of the American middle class. Now, more than ever, it’s a harder climb and a longer haul.