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Comments On America’s Standard of Living

Today I read about the declining standard of living in our country. Salaries are coming down, more and more people are getting laid off and credit is harder to find.

“Rampant consumerism” will be a necessary casualty of the current economy. That is a good thing. We need to curb our spending as a country and reinvest in our future.

What really opened my eyes were some of the comments.

Here is the first comment:

comment-1Sensible enough. America has had a decidedly different approach to spending than Europeans / Asians etc. and it cannot be bad for us to learn from them.

Next comment:comment-2This one is a little disturbing. It says “I don’t mind if my children and grandchildren need to sacrifice, but I am not willing to sacrifice for them”. This is exactly what got us in this mess. Mortgaging the future for the present was the root of this entire economic mess. America became a superpower because of the willingness of its citizens to work hard and sacrifice for their children and grandchildren. Now, there is a sense of entitlement which has taken hold of our country. People just want their lives to be comfortable and they don’t care what happens next. We need a shift in attitude to turn the economy around and this is a great place to start. You can read more of my thoughts on this idea here.

Last comment:comment-31This one is just disturbing. People are so desperate for meat that they are eating roadkill? If you need any motivation to try and help us turn this country around just think about this comment.

Change is hard but that is what makes it worth it.

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