Alabama Mother Rants About Unattainable “American Dream”

( – When an Alabama mother posted a TikTok video to share her frustrations with her life, her words struck a chord with millions of Americans. Now her passionate comments have gone viral — and she’s got a national media platform to reinforce her message.

Mother Slams Economy

On August 8, Jessica McCabe, a 51-year-old mother of two from Alabama, appeared on “Fox & Friends” to discuss a TikTok video she posted recently. In the video, she complained of “feeling helpless as a parent” and said she’d taught her two children — now aged 28 and 25 — that if they worked hard and got a good job, they’d be able to support themselves. After all, she said, it worked for her; why shouldn’t it work for them?

McCabe, a US Air Force veteran, thinks she’s found the answer — “because the world has f***ing changed.” She said that when she was her children’s age, life was often a struggle, but “We knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel.” Now, she believes, that light has gone out. She said her son has graduated from college and has a full-time job but can’t afford to move out because even a studio apartment costs close to $2,000 a month.

Rant Finds Supporters

McCabe expressed her frustrations loud and clear — and it turns out she’s far from alone. Since she posted the video, it’s racked up more than 11 million views and attracted thousands of responses. Many of them share stories similar to hers, talking about grown children who can’t afford to become independent.

According to McCabe, the American dream could be a thing of the past. Her generation knew hard work would get them places because they could see people do it all the time. Now, she thinks a range of factors are keeping success, wealth and even a home of their own out of people’s reach. She highlighted inflation — still stubbornly high despite President Biden’s boasting — stagnant wages, and overpriced housing as issues that are holding people back.

The frustrated mother said that when she was her children’s age, she was earning less than $10 an hour but could afford her own home. That doesn’t seem like much to ask for, but the sad truth is that for many Americans, it’s now an unattainable dream. It’s not like McCabe is complaining that her son can’t afford to rent in an expensive city like New York or San Francisco, either — he’s in Alabama, which has the 7th lowest average rent in the entire country. If a college graduate in Alabama can’t support himself with a full-time job, something has gone badly wrong.

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