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Big_Sur
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How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
https://eand.co/why-does-america-have-such-a-uniquely-low-quality-of-life-cda909d647d0

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While life’s basics in America turned into unaffordable luxuries, elsewhere, the precise opposite happened. These basics grew cheaper and cheaper, until at last, they became goods that were simply freely provided for everyone. The US and the world are mirror images —life’s basics became cripplingly expensive luxuries in America, but free everywhere else.

The lesson is this. Americans let the basics of life, decade by decade, turn into luxuries only affordable for the richest few?—?because they were too busy punching one another down to do what the rest of the rich world did: make those very basics of life ever cheaper and cheaper, until they became necessities provided for everyone. Yesterday’s luxuries becoming tomorrow’s basics, freely provided to all, is what the growth of a society really means?—?but America, perversely, got this backwards?—?today’s basics became tomorrow’s luxuries, rendering life itself less and less livable, year by year.

Crack. America got prosperity backwards. And that is why it is collapsing, while its peers look on in horror, alarm, and pity.


This guy is onto something! Ensuring basic quality of life standards for all people leads to longer lives and happier people - end goals we can all share.


HempHead
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Americans let the basics of life, decade by decade, turn into luxuries only affordable for the richest few


lol wut


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bamafan1001
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
I cant fathom the alternative reality you must live in.


Lima Whiskey
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
That article is wrong on the face of it.

The one thing we have done is make luxuries cheap.
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Big_Sur
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I cant fathom the alternative reality you must live in.


That is very kind of you!
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upgrayedd
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
Even the poorest of the poor have smartphones in 2018


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Usafgiles
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
I only skimmed, but by basics I think it means healthcare, education and the sort. Not Iphones and Gucci Bags


narddogg81
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
It didn't seem like anyone could be dumb enough to take this seriously, and yet here we are...


Big_Sur
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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I only skimmed, but by basics I think it means healthcare, education and the sort. Not Iphones and Gucci Bags


Healthy food, healthcare, stable housing, "afford kids", that sort of basic stuff.


Big_Sur
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It didn't seem like anyone could be dumb enough to take this seriously, and yet here we are...




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HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
Education may be “free” in some European nations, but the percentage of Europeans with degrees is lower than here because they keep enrollment down to contain costs


gatorrocks
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
Want to know how I afford basics?

I work for it.


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bamafan1001
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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That is very kind of you!


Kind has nothing to do with it. Nothing from what you posted in the slightest way resembles logic


TigerBait1971
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
Our poor people are fat.

Our only homeless have mental problems.



Big_Sur
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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Kind has nothing to do with it. Nothing from what you posted in the slightest way resembles logic


Its no problem, I understand that many people have not trained themselves to empathize and understand other perspectives. I understand where you are coming from my friend, and I know you have good intentions.


buckeye_vol
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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Healthy food, healthcare, stable housing, "afford kids", that sort of basic stuff.
I need to find it, but there isn’t a graph with a bunch of things in comparison to inflation over the last few decades. Every thing that had direct government support like tax breaks, direct subsidies, government backed loans, etc. grew faster than inflation while everything that didn’t, grew slower than inflation.

I think we can call agree healthcare, education, etc. are too expensive. The problem is that somebody of us think that common solution (government intervention) too often, maybe always, exacerbates the problem.
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HempHead
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Every thing that had direct government support like tax breaks, direct subsidies, government backed loans, etc. grew faster than inflation while everything that didn’t, grew slower than inflation.



Who would have thought it!

Image: https://i.redditmedia.com/JGKeR_2PQOkqFwdFepone7n19Zk-8k9dcKgpZpZmjHI.jpg?w=537&s=3be9587ec39f65c2e4a34c42359519b2
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narddogg81
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Vancouver
Member since Jan 2012
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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Healthy food, healthcare, stable housing, "afford kids", that sort of basic stuff.
nobody who has ever been to Europe would every say these things are easier or cheaper than in the us


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ngadawg250
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
"Retirement, healthcare, education, income, savings, safety, stability, marriage, families, trust itself."

According to the article, these are the so-called unaffordable luxuries. The last I knew, all of these are up to the individual. What your author is actually saying is socialism is superior to capitalism.


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: How America’s Quality of Life Imploded
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Our only homeless have mental problems.



And they now seem to have more shite than I had as a college student or even early young professional.


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