posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 10:55 PM
In many ways I have spent the last 20 years in a bubble, due to several factors, but one thing I can say is that during the times I lived in the USA I
haven't seen a lot of growth. Last time I was in the US prior to 2010 was in 2003 and things seemed relatively okay. People around me were buying
McMansions, driving SUVs and had plenty left over for vacations. These were middle and upper middle folks. There seemed to be a lot of those people
where I lived and the places I visited, even back home in my home state, little did I realize at that time many of those people were maxed out with
debt, even then.
I left the US and came back in 2010 and I was shocked. I saw no further progress like I thought I'd see. I saw decline in many areas that before
seemed stable. The Mcmansions were foreclosed on, the suvs were all on used car lots and vacation was out of the question for many of my former middle
class friends and relatives. My bubble had violently burst in the first 6 months of being back here. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out
what happened between 03 and 10. I talk with Americans who haved lived through the last 7 years here in the states and they offer me various
explainations, most of which make sense to me, but as someone walking in late to the party, not realizing the downward spiral of the last two decades
fully, I can say that now that I am living it myself, it saddens me to see the lack of economic progress we have made. I think the only reason why the
Clinton years seemed good were because it was an artificial propping up of an already weak economy, or I would have recognized the stagnation sooner.
To those who have been living through this and suffering because of it, I feel a deep sense of sadness toward because, especially for those in my
generation who thought they were entering into adulthood filled with prosperity and advancement there has often been bitter disappointment and a sense
of disillusion. Coming into adulthood during the Clinton years created a sense of hope that the new millennium would bring exciting opportunities and
growth, the bright future of the Internet was the beacon for a new era of possibilities. Little did many of us understand with the widespread use of
the Internet entire sectors of the economy were destroyed or put on life support, and that was just one factor. now after 2 sustained wars, the crash
of our financial sector, 2 presidents that have done little to solve the problems, vast job losses and stagnate wages, it is hard for many to feel
I wish I had something to add to bring back that hope, but as of right now, I have seen nothing on the horizon to be hopeful about. These times are
dark, and I think the only way to get through them is to huddle close together and be there for each other. Maybe once we learn how to do that, we can
put our heads together and come up with some ways to solve this mess, because relying on govt or big business to do it, isn't going to get us far
Sorry if this post is too rambling or personal, this OP triggered a lot of pent up thoughts I needed to verbalize. Thanks to all for the thoughtful
thread so far.