These items are cheaper because of increased automation.
This is also why things like health care and education in part keep
going up because the same number of individuals are required in the process.
Threads talking about the price of shirts are mentioning an item that
has largely gone offshore because factories full of seamstresses are
still needed. Apparel like stockings are still made here as they are
completely machine made.
Right. I should have mentioned a better example of something like
hiring a plumber.
Education is a very poor example. Every time the government loosens
borrowing rules, colleges just hike up the cost of tuition. In medicine
complying with government regulation is about 40% of the cost if I
remember Ted Kennedy correctly.
If medical insurance could be purchased across state lines and 65 year
old couples were not required by government rules to purchase pregnancy
coverage, the price of normal medical insurance would have been
affordable but government just had to screw with medical insurance again
with the idiotic Obama Care which has nothing to do with providing
affordable health care. It does give government more control over the
lives of the citizenry. The government can tell citizens to do as you're
told or we will cut off your medical care. It's so absolutely obvious
that only the stupid don't see it and the P.L.L.C.F. know it but refuse
to admit it. o_O
And concludes that everybody is getting richer, which is quite
unwarranted unless the time cost of little things like food, housing,
transportation, medical care, education, and taxes are also taken into
account. This kind of half-baked, disingenuous crap is about the only
thing AEI puts out any more. Like many of the other so-called
"conservative" or "free enterprise" organizations, it has largely become
a shill for big business.
Americans are spending less of their disposible income on food as
time goes by. I looked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture site. It
has that type of information but it is unavailable due to the "shutdown".
There is a chart here: http://tinyurl.com/3yqoses
Americans spent about 23% of their disposable income in 1930. We were
spending about 9.5% of it by 2010. I wonder why the big spike in the
mid to late 1940s.
Wouldn't it be tough to compare medical costs over time? Doctors
have a bunch of new toys and techniques they didn't have in the past.
Of course, that is "at home"expenditure, not total.
When I was a kid, eating out was maybe a once or twice a year thing and
there was no such thing as "fast food". Now, restaurants of all kinds have
proliferated and people eat out frequently; they patronize fast food places
even more frequently.
A few weeks back, my wife had a late doctor's appointment so we
stopped at a restaurant on the way home. This was a local chain, the
99, similar to Applebees and the like. It was a little after 5, just
enough time for parents to leave work and grab the kids from a sitter.
I was amazed at how many families were there. Like you, eating out
was a rare treat when we were kids. It was a big deal to go shopping
with mom and have lunch at the counter in Woolworths.
I think that eating out when we were kids (in the 1950s) was a big
deal because we had a father that worked all day and a mother that was
a "housewife" all day. There wasn't enough income to splash around
eating out and dinners were part of mom's job anyway.
Then by the 1980 we saw a metamorphosis to the "two-income" family.
That brought in more income to pay for a larger and fancier house, a
larger car (usually a gas guzzling SUV), a second car to support the
second job and childcare for kids that were too young for school
(which by then was nothing more than day care paid for by the state).
The two jobs don't leave time for preparing dinners, hence the
In effect, most husbands and wives decided to dump family living for
conspicuous consumption and debt. The debt comes from the second job
usually not bringing in enough after-tax income to pay for the larger
house, second and larger car and all its costs, day care, eating out,
etc. It just builds up on a credit card.
It would be fun to watch if it wasn't so pitiful.
Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers
and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
Kids? We elected not to have kids, which was a huge savings.
The women in my family have always worked. My grandmother worked
retail, my mother was an office manager, and I am a computer programmer.
I'd hate it if I couldn't pull my weight financially.
We go out together, usually, once a week, but each of us lunches out
separately a few more times. A 1200 sq ft house and two older vehicles.
Definitely not Keeping Up With the Joneses.
On Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:47:50 GMT, email@example.com (Cindy Hamilton)
One. Grown and long gone (perhaps we did something wrong).
My mother never worked until my dad died. My wife worked from the
time my son was 12 until last year (can't find a job, now, so will
"retire"). She wants to work more to have something to do than to
make money. Can't even find anyone who wants volunteers.
Only lefties care what the Joneses are doing. They're *so* insecure.
On 10/14/2013 8:00 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm much the same way. I'd rather volunteer than be idle.
Sadly, the various places make it near to impossible to
volunteer. My last volunteer position, it became clear that
the department where I was helping didn't want volunteers,
and got rid of them as fast as they could.
Christopher A. Young
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