Are we better now than 4 years ago? You do the math. When I do it, it comes back a resounding NO
Why do people continually blame Obama? You would think everything was fine and dandy before he was in office. No, it wasn't. That's if you are complaining now. If you didn't live within your means many years ago it is much harder to cut back now with all the luxury's. I can see Social Security going back up to where it was (6.5%?) but how are you talking 13% increase in taxes? No way. I work with someone who bought a house based on what the stupid realtors and bankers will tell you, 28% of your income or whatever the figure is. Guess what, they based it on all the overtime we were once working, now there's no overtime and guess what, hard time making the mortgage payment. A/C? in a house? Never had it. It's a waste of money. I might one day buy a new car, but they won't make what i want, something with manual steering and manual disc brakes, roll up windows. I have neighbors whom pay to have their grass cut, less than 1/2 acre. Waste of money. They bought a lawn mower but are too stupid to cut the grass or too stupid to start the snow blower. Yet they also cheat on their taxes by not reporting income from an apartment over the garage. Who does that effect? Everybody whom works and actually pays taxes. I have neighbors who don't work. They collect SS because of some injury. Yet they can go out drinking, work under the table or go hunting pretty good. I have relatives who do the same thing, "i can't work". 50% of those claiming injures are complete bullshit. The problem with this country is not taxes, but the spending and the people expecting free entitlements. Get rid of the freebies and put them to work. Someone who can jump on a snowmobile can do work from home, at least. Drug and alcohol testing for anything gov related. Hard labor camps for illegal immigrants. That would stop the flow huh?
My new normal is be smarter than everybody else, be prepared for everything you can possibly think of. If it can happen,it will. Save. Invest. Ammo. Tools. Fuel. If you are just beginning to cut back, sorry, you are too late, you will never make it if the crap does hit the fan. 50's were before my time but many houses had their bomb shelters. There was a reason for that, it was the "possibility of war". Today, someone sitting behind a keyboard can shut down power to your house or empty your bank account. You might freeze to death if you had electric heat. How can you do anything about that? You can't. The Chinese can come marching down your street and you would get an excuse from the government, not a answer. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Since most here are middle class, we are the ones who get taken advantage of, so you will be offered something to keep you above the poor level.
This rant is not directed at anybody in particular, all similarity's are purely fiction and coincidental. If common sense is lost or non existent, please see your doctor as this can be a sign of a more serious condition.