I live in inflated Colorado and it isn't fortunate. I've been here all my life, when you bought a house for $17,000 and earned $7/hr. Now, because everyone wants to live in beautiful Colorado it costs $200,000 for a similar home, everything costs more and the income my wife and I earn doesn't make us any more than middle class. Since our careers are centered here, we can't pull up stakes and move somewhere else. While we have what seems to be a high income, we do not have a higher standard of living. It's a problem with the one size fits all mentality of Washington, DC and how it has permeated our society. All things are not "equal".