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  •  and yet... (4.00)
    What IS a good standard of living, in the mind of the average American?

    Let's face it - even the squeezed middle class American aspires more to buy a new video iPod than they aspire to save money, or to ask their representatives to push for universal health care.

    Until middle class Americans stop thinking of "a good standard of living" as "the accumulation of stuff," people will remain anesthetized - or will subtly buy in to Pearlstine's new American order.

    The bottom line for the American standard of living we believe in, has to do with being able to live and work with dignity.  

    •  Fuck the iPods. (4.00)
      I just got a job with health care.  I can go to the doctor whenever I need to. I feel like I've died and gone to heaven or something.  I just can't get used to it after living the other way for so long... being treated like a person of value.

      How about that?

      How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

      by furryjester on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 06:23:55 AM PDT

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    •  Disappearing middle class "luxuries" (none)
      Affordable home, good schools for the kids, security in retirement (pensions/ Social Security), being able to go to a doctor when you're sick, affordable prescription drugs, living wage for single parents, job security, affordable college tuition and loans, time to spend with your family, affordable heating costs....and a sense of expanding not constricting opportunities...optimism about the future and about your kids opportunities.

      I could go on.

      "Control of the initiative is control of the battle. In the alley, at the poker table or in politics. One must raise." David Mamet

      by coral on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 10:48:30 AM PDT

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