Decline of middle class? Increase of stupidity and bad habits, Plenty of jobs in “education” restaurants breweries tattoo parlors, Common sense and time tested frugality out the window
“Mercury is a highly toxic element; there is no known safe level of exposure. Ideally, neither children nor adults should have any mercury in their bodies because it provides no physiological benefit.”…National Institute of Health
“U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, investigating the issue”
“What he learned was astonishing. In 2013 and 2014 alone, ICE set loose more than 66,000 illegal immigrant criminals who had over 166,000 convictions (30,000 for drunk or drug driving, 414 kidnapping, over 11,000 rapes or other sexual assaults and 395 homicides). Already thousands of those have already been convicted of new crimes in the U.S., including felonies, since their release.”…WND October 25, 2015
“There is an epidemic of stupid in this country.”…Citizen Wells
From Zero Hedge.
“The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles “Explodes” As The Middle Class Collapses
As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase, the middle class is steadily eroding. In fact, I recently gave my readers 15 signs that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed. More Americans are falling out of the middle class and into poverty with each passing day, and this is one of the big reasons why the number of homeless is surging. For example, the number of people living on the street in L.A. has shot up 75 percent over the last 6 years. But of course L.A. is far from alone. Other major cities on the west coast are facing similar problems, and that includes Seattle. It turns out that the Emerald City has seen a 46 percent rise in the number of people sleeping in their vehicles in just the past year…
The number of people who live in their vehicles because they can’t find affordable housing is on the rise, even though the practice is illegal in many U.S. cities.
The number of people residing in campers and other vehicles surged 46 percent over the past year, a recent homeless census in Seattle’s King County, Washington found. The problem is “exploding” in cities with expensive housing markets, including Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, according to Governing magazine.
Amazon, Microsoft and other big tech companies are in the Seattle area. It is a region that is supposedly “prospering”, and yet this is going on.
Sadly, it isn’t just major urban areas that are seeing more people sleeping in their vehicles. Over in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, many of the homeless sleep in their vehicles even in the middle of winter…”
People in the US during the Great Depression had to resort to desperate measures.
Though times now can be challenging, the situation now is far better than then.
So why are so many homeless? Living in cars.
Part of the answer is the epidemic of stupid which I believe began in the sixties.
Growing up, I not only had a good education in school, I had one at home.
My parents were depression era survivors and also survivors of the hard times of settling this country. What used to be status quo.
They shared their stories of growing up in rural NC and what they and their families did to survive. This has stayed with me.
Part of my life and training was my duties (luxurious compared to theirs):
- I was the oldest of 4. I babysat my siblings.
- I was given a tiny allowance. If I wanted more, I had to work for it in addition to my chores.
- I had a paper route, cut grass, babysat for others, picked blackberries, collected returnable bottles, etc.
- I knew how to use a hammer & tools and liked it. We collected used nails & lumber scraps for our treehouses. Recycling.
By example we learned reality 101.
Starting with we ate out infrequently. Drank our own coffee. Used hand me down clothing. Had a garden. Paid with cash. My mom made some of our clothing and repaired much. And of course, my mom’s sayings for every occasion such as “You’re not too old for your wants to hurt you.”
I am frugal to this day.
I made really good money most of my life, lived beneath my means and this served me well when my disability hit.
I am a strong believer in education, real education, not just receiving a piece of paper and piling up debt.
There are many fine institutions of higher learning training medical professionals, engineers, accountants, etc.
However, we have created a myth, perpetuated by an unholy alliance between institutions and politicians that a diploma will cure practically everything.
We are not educating our young folks. And older folks.
I am around a lot of young people near the university and I have advised many of them to buy a house in an area that is conducive to high rent demand and perhaps with a layout that facilitates having renters who will help pay the mortgage. I knew an attorney couple years ago who did just that.
Many of them are sharing houses and that is another good way to save money.
We are not sacrificing enough, as our Greatest Generation did, to get started or managing our spending habits.
Just examine what is thriving in the economy. Restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, tattoo parlors, etc. None of which are essential for survival or condusive to saving and prospering.
We are not prepared for marriage and having kids and we are not being educated about the costs or responsibilities.
Too many people are having kids too soon without having the necessary funds or skills.
What more important skill to be educated about?
Our understanding of survival skills, cost versus benefit and common sense must increase, not attendance at college, restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, tattoo parlors, etc.