Skip to comments.How Much Worse Off Are We?
Posted on 07/15/2004 6:15:42 AM PDT by visagoth
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Old Ben remembers the 70s. Consumer goods are cheaper (relatively) and much more plentiful today - as are low cost retail outlets.
I pay as much attention to Bernie Sanders as I do Michael Morre.
I wonder why people elect these moonbats.... but then again, we both know there are a great many moonbats voting for moonbats out there.
Unreadable at this size! Free the pixels!
John Kerry has said, "I voted for bigger pixels before I voted against them. George Bush has lied to the American people about pixel size. I was in Vietnam. John Edwards is my vice-president, and he voted for bigger pixels too."
in the 70's if you needed work, or a second job, you could always pump gas. today virtually that entire job class has been priced out of business.
It seems the moonbats are about to outnumber the good folks.
in the 70s I was youthful, today I am older, no comparison. end of story.
Lifestyles today aren't keeping up with the lifestyles depicted as middle class on television. People would feel a lot richer if they stopped watching TV advertising.
Well, we don't have a pizza eating cigar smoker in the oval office. I would call that "better off."
Car and radio ownership was much higher during the Great Depression than in 1914 both in USA and Germany. What does it prove?
One of two: either the author is an idiot or he thinks that his readers are idiots. Or both.
Think about it . . . back then, the largest expense item for a typical hospital was the laundry bill for their bed linens.
There is one thing that this article does not account for:
- The rise of the two (and in many cases 2.x) income household.
- The rise of record levels of consumer debt.
While it may be that the saturation of household durable goods has grown over the past decades, I suspect that it has done so more on the backs of cheap credit and dual income families more than anything else.
Forty years ago, a worker with a high school education could support a family of four with his paycheck - and buy a house on a 7 or 15 year mortgage. Today, such a scenario is a pipe dream and families consisting of two college graduates have to have both parents in the workplace and a 30+ year mortgage to pull it off.
I suspect there is a lot of truth to the Kerry/Edwards accusation, but the cause is not conservative policies...it is out of control government spending paired with out of control taxation.
It would be much better if the mothers could stay home, Americans could reproduce themselves without mass immigration from the Third World, had time to go to the church and DVD/VCR ownership were zero.
Don't ya think that color TV, hot tubs, jet travel and cell phones are more numerous today than a generation ago? On the other hand, my wife did not work when raising the kids but today my son's wifes and my daughters are all working.
Anyway, the comparison is not a generation ago, it is 4 years ago. People will decide in November if the last 4 years has reduced the nation's economic and terrorist fears. At this point, I vote No and No.
If half of our current workforce decided to quit their jobs tomorrow, that $400,000 suburban home would probably only cost $200,000.
Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm much better off than I was in the 70s. Heck, I'm much better off than I was 4 years go.
Abortion has reduced the American-born work force by 40 million--many more if one includes the unborn children of the unborn. One reason for abortion among the working class is the need for women to work to maintain the family's living style.
The two are related. The other question is whether a new administration would reduce those fears. I vote no. 9/11 eliminated a lot of illusions. Bill Clinton was our generation's Calvin Coolidge.
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