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How Times Have Changed

dan5811 Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 10:58 AM
Perhaps not "turn back the clock" but rewind and set it so the alarm function can resume. Your are right, too many "cushions" allowing diversions into fantasy thinking, indulgence, and doing as a (subsidized) way of life. Too bad that when the alarm eventually goes off a lot of people are going to be really hurt; as so many pseudo Princes and Princesses are thrust into "real" (and physical) serfdom.

Having been born in 1936 has allowed me to witness both societal progress and retrogression. High on the list of things made better in our society are the great gains in civil liberties and economic opportunities, especially for racial minorities and women. People who are now deemed poor have a level of material wealth that would have been a pipe dream to yesteryear's poor. But despite the fact that today's Americans have achieved an unprecedented level of prosperity, we have become spiritually and morally impoverished compared with our ancestors.

Years ago, spending beyond one's means was considered a character defect. Today...