In his 1965 novel: “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine”, Kurt Vonnegut introduces us to the fictional U.S. Senator Lister Ames Rosewater of Indiana who started a foundation so his descendants could avoid paying taxes on the estate in Rosewater county.
Vonnegut is prescient on how the American Dream devolved into the American Nightmare:
“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws have been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scumming surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.”