Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Drew Carey on America's Middle Class: "Living Large"

Fellow Ohioan Drew Carey examines the plight of the Middle Class.

While he makes some good points about America's consumerist tendencies and the media's obsession with hyping problems into "crises", I'm not sure many in Drew's economically long-suffering home state will agree with his overall take.

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At 2/05/2008 2:49 PM, Blogger jaehoon said...

They are only 'long suffering' if they spend their time watching the people buy Prada handbags and getting jealous. Seriously folks. I have seen homeless people turn away good food and decent clothing. The poorest of the poor in the US don't worry day to day about starvation. The only people who actually starve are those with significant mental disorders which prevent self-maintenance and nutrition - you are more likely to die from a bad body image than from the actual inability to find sustenance.

At 2/05/2008 3:16 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Granted, people aren't starving to death in the streets.

But, drive down my street and other streets in my town and look at the number of houses for sale - many due to foreclosure. We're talking about older established neighborhoods with homes worth much less than $200K. Nothing fancy. Certainly not McMansions in suburbia.

Lots of people in Ohio and Michigan and other parts of the Midwest - where job growth is slow or nonexistent - are having a hard time making ends meet.

At 2/05/2008 3:27 PM, Blogger Theocoid said...

Life in my town is pretty much exactly as Carey shows it. However, there's plenty of suffering, mostly because these people buy on credit and then tank financially.

At 2/06/2008 7:47 AM, Blogger Jeffrey Smith said...

Go to a lake filled with boaters who are living way beyond their means and everything looks nice and rosy.


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