By Neal Karlen (1.27.2012)
RALEIGH, N.C. — Today, political morticians of most every genus are finishing their dissections of this week’s State of the Union Address. Yes, the conventional wisdom now conventionally goes, Obama occasionally played political chess. Yet more seriously, he seemed to have confronted the quandary of whether or not the American Dream of owning a home, sending one’s kids to college, and retiring in dignity had evolved into a pipe dream, reserved for Americans who come to the table with pockets already bulging with chips.
One of the President’s closest observers is Taylor Cash, 56, owner of “Taylor’s,” a British Petroleum gas station located in a residential neighborhood just off the interstate in Raleigh, N.C. Last year, a broken heart last year almost destroyed his own version of that American dream – in his case, building and maintaining a thriving family business.