Had it not been for WWII we would have become a Marxist nation a long time ago. That's the only thing that bailed out the economy. During the war, people made all kinds of money, but consumer goods were hard to come by. All the pent up demand gave us a period of great prosperity. Today, there is no pent up demand and many people are living hand to mouth or from handout to handout. Marxism, spreading the misery equally.