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Originally posted by Confused and Dazed!
Once upon a time, a single wage earner, could support a family of three or four on a modest middle income. Then women rejoined the work force, to help push their income levels higher, so that the family unit, could then afford some of the extras, that one income couldn't.
The extra incomes, helped American families achieve a living standard, that had never been obtained before by middle America.
Commerce took notice of the extra income...and not all that long afterwards, began a steady pricing increase on nearly everything. Soon, what used to be affordable on one income, was now a reset living paradigm that needed two incomes just to get by on.
Unions then began demanding more for the workers, as industry increased prices to consumers. Costs continued to escalate.
After a while, wage earners couldn't make enough fast enough, to afford all that they wanted to buy, and credit companies began to surface, making it easier to buy on time...everything your heart desired.
Now, people have lost sight of reality. They cannot stand to be the one without. They cannot stand to be told "NO", or that you have to wait for it.
It is a society with an Instant Gratification complex. Everyone is owed the "High Life", and they deserve the best of everything...no matter the long term consequences. I'll buy it now, and worry about paying for it later!
I often wonder what is wrong with the brain of someone, like a low brow rube bagging groceries, who is telling the cashier that he is going to buy a NEW Mustang, as soon as he can get a co-signer for his loan! Especially, considering the fact he had a mouth full of bad teeth. His priorities were totally screwed up.
It is common for someone to have 10,15 or more credit cards, most carrying a balance out of proportion to their incomes. People regularly purchase new vehicles, that are a financial burden them...yet, they refuse to buy a five year old or older used car...because it is beneath their status.
Peoples priorities are just totally out of whack. Far too many think they should be financially rewarded with huge incomes, benefits, and a bonus Porsche to boot, just because they have a Bachelors Degree....
Listen to the new college graduate hiss and piss when they can't land the big time fat paychecks of someone who has worked for 25 years doing something similar. They want the very same pay, NOW!
Why have costs of living went insane? Such as;
A two bedroom apartment that cost $ 160. @ month in 1970, is now more than a $1000 @ month for the very same unit today! Something is very wrong with that picture!
A modest but nice home that cost $ 17,500 in 1970, is over $190,000 today, for the same home... without any modern upgrades.
A brand new 1977 Plymouth ,Grand Fury with every option was $5,500...today, a vehicle of an equivalence to it, would be in excess of $50,000+. And no longer American made.
Everything is geared to the dual incomes of working couples. The dual income paradigm is also geared to the college degree holding worker. They tend to be paid more than non degree holders...so therefore, they are the ones, who have set the standard prices we all pay.
For the single person, who is living alone; "Good Luck" with that situation today! Unless they are making $35,000+ a year, they will be living mightily frugally.
The Me-ism of America, a society deluded by it is desires of Instant Gratification, and that everyone is owed a fat cat life on E-Z Street...has pushed the whole nation towards financial chaos and it ultimate demise.
Americans are owed nothing, but one huge comeuppance. It is finally here, and now listen to everyone blubber and sob about losing it all, when they were ones who lived above their means for over 40 years...
It is time to pay the piper...and his fee is going to hurt!
Originally posted by David9176
Thanks for the article. S/F
It's time to throw ideology out the window. All of us. For God's sake we are letting our country FALL!
I spent the day at work (luckily!) listening to a co-worker scream about Washington, the banks, and the wars. I'm sensing flat out anger from many people I know...the ones who have woken up. More and more people are finally starting to pay attention. When they realize what is going on...they quite simply can't believe that it has become this bad.
The "50 percent of all children will be on food stamps" is startling to me. My brother just started on them as he works in construction and is struggling to keep food on the table. I am also eligible for food stamps but I have avoided it because I am trying to keep some sense of pride (not that anyone should feel any less of a person for doing so!).
You do what you have to do to take care of your kids. It trumps any and all ideology/beliefs.
The American people need to come together and fight this. I'm tired of fighting with each other.
Aren't you? We yell at each other yet none of us are the real enemy. The enemies are the ones who don't know what it's like sitting your shoes.
No politician is struggling like you are right now. No corporate entity...no millionare reporter, no one who is flashed about on your television screen struggles like you...yet somehow...they know what is best for you.
Originally posted by TypeSH2001
reply to post by expat2368
"I unfortunately agree with both your analogy and solution. It's disgusting, but sometimes I feel like we need another Great Flood soon to wipe out all that is and start over again. It's like the present civilization is in the same predicament that the previous civilization was in before the Flood - so much evil in the world and just so far gone. Good somehow doesn't have the will or desire to counterbalance Evil and to do what's necessary to maintain a fair and proper balance in the order of things, and total destruction always seems to result.