Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for April, a month that begins with a most mischievous day, April Fools. The name April is derived from the French and Latin meaning "opening." It refers to the flowers and trees and their annual renewal, think of the cherry blossoms in Washington and Japan (especially meaningful now for the hope of a Japanese renewal). April is also famous for "Opening Day" when America's baseball shrines reopen and their teams start another run at the World Series. Among other days celebrated in April are Arbor Day, World Health Day and Earth Day. Another day not celebrated is Tax Day. For you history buffs, there is Patriots Day which commemorates "the shot heard round the world" - April 19th 1775 in Lexington, Mass. It marked the beginning of a nation that was to become a shining beacon of democracy and it is being replicated now in one way or another in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Here's our poll:
Fifty two percent chose giving their kids a better life than theirs as a good description of "The American Dream." Twenty percent said having a successful career and 8 percent said becoming wealthy overnight (how do you do that without inventing a killer app or holding a winning lottery ticket?). Seven percent said owning a home, another 7 percent said doing better than their parents and only 3 percent think becoming famous equates to achieving "The Dream." With our massive deficits looming, a diverse group of pundits and economists have predicted that today's younger generation may be the first in American history not to do better than their parents. Let's hope they do better than their parent's generation in at least one category, running the country.
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