I have seen people complaining about how horrible the economy has gotten lately and how hard it is to make ends meet these days.  People talk fondly of "the good old days" when only one income was needed and everyone felt secure and about how those days are gone. 

That's bullshit.  Yes, people have lost jobs in certain areas of the country and in certain industries.  This is terrible, but that doesn't mean that we are so much worse off than our parents and grandparents.

 Why?  We have a lot more crap than they ever did and spend a lot more money than they ever did to maintain that crap.

 Let me think of just a few things that we didn't have growing up that folks wouldn't be caught dead without now.

Cell phones.  Half the time we didn't have a house phone.

Cable or satellite TV.  Anyone remember 3 or 4 channels? 

More than one car.  To many of our grandparents this was something only the rich had

Air conditioning.  Yes, I was born and raised in the deep south without air conditioning.  Yes, it was hot and sticky but we dealt with it.

Preschool.  What? people pay to put their 3 year olds in school?

Four bedrooms.  How many of you actually shared a room with one or more siblings?  Do your children? 

The internet.  Wasn't invented when I was a kid.  We lived without it.

There are many other luxuries that are now seen as necessities that I could list, but I'm not going to.  I am just sick of this panic over the economy.  I see people spend their money on stupid shit and then whine about being broke. 

Priorities people.  If you have cable and a cell phone but no health insurance then you are an idiot who can't prioritize.

 

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sunmo...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:08 PM I kwym!  i am actually doing better now than every before.  wish i could get rid of my cellphone though - i don't need it!

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mcque...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:08 PM

great post

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debbi...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:10 PM My husband is from Mexico and grew up in poverty I can't even imagine! When ever anyone feels like complaining about how rough they have it I am sure he would be happy to regale them with his stories, I have heard enough of them to appreciate the things we take for granted in this country..running water, shoes etc..etc...

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molly...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 4:36 PM Good Post I was thinking the same thing today.

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726kcrn
Feb. 6, 2010 at 12:12 AM

I agree!  My kid is an only child.  he has the wii(4 yrs) psp, psp2, 34" tv.  He is a 8TH kid earning high school credit so I give in.  I agree because when it  is in trouble its all gone, and gone for the next grading period

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