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Living the Dream

With the prices of food and gas skyrocketing, with millions of people losing their homes, with the economy probably in recession, and with the market feeling like it’s out to kick everybody’s butt, the old fashioned idea of the American Dream hasn’t seemed this difficult to achieve since the 70s, although I wasn’t around back then to take note.

And that is why Jim Cramer, and all of his humble assistants are on a mission, one you can catch at 7PM eastern time this Sunday night on NBC: The American Dream with Jim Cramer.

Let me give you the inside baseball, or inside NASCAR as the case may be on this upcoming special, because it’s not Mad Money business as usual. Jim went down to the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600 to help regular people, and some not so regular people like NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and bad-boy Kyle Busch, how to stay afloat and maybe even get rich in these tough times.

You can already see Cramer at 165 miles per hour, but what else do we have in store for you in our first, but certainly not our last, primetime special?

Jim went down to a NASCAR event because stock car racing isn’t just a sport, it’s a business—the second most popular business in sports right behind football, and a event that is a sea of logos of publicly traded companies. If you’ve watched Mad Money, but don’t think you have what it takes, the instincts or the interest perhaps to start investing, the American Dream with Jim Cramer is for you. If you’re worried about high gas prices, saving for retirement in this perilous environment, or our absurd food-for-oil ethanol energy policy, you’d better tune in.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have always felt like stocks are only for the already rich, that a regular guy can’t use the market to get ahead of the big money players on Wall Street, all I can say is prepare to be re-educated by the master.


Cliff Mason is the Senior Writer of CNBC's Mad Money w/Jim Cramer, and has been that program's primary writer, in cooperation with and under the supervision of Jim Cramer, since he began at CNBC as an intern during the summer of 2005. Mason was the author of a column at TheStreet.com during 2007, which he describes as "hilarious, if short-lived." He graduated from Harvard College in 2007. It was at Harvard that Mason learned to multi-task, mastering the art of seeming to pay attention to professors while writing scripts for Mad Money. Mason has co-written two books with Jim Cramer: Jim Cramer's Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich and Stay Mad For Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer). He is 100% responsible for any parts of either book that you did not like.

Mason has also had a fruitful relationship with Jim Cramer as his nephew for the last 23 years and will hopefully continue to hold that position for many more as long as he doesn't do anything to get himself kicked out of the family.




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