Yes, Umair, I agree with all you say. Still, we need a little perspective here. You are actually comparing today’s standard of living with the post WWII bubble of the super good life. If, instead, you compare today’s living with the squalor of, say, 1910 where millions of folks lived packed 5 to a room in tenement housing and worked 16 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week for just enough money to keep them alive and owned nothing of real value and didn’t go the doctor or never saw the inside of a hospital, they just died if they got bad sick, then these are great times. The same bad things could be said of the depression years. But agreed, the future is looking bleak.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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