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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:14 AM
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13. Were you as "broke" as you are today??
I have this feeling that ALL of the so-called figures we get are manipulated to death.. They say that inflation is practically nothing, but let me tell you... It feels JUST like it did when inflation was 12% & up..

Every trip to the store these days, brings nasty surprises, but they are shifty now.. A "pound" of coffee only goes up a few cents, but now a pound of coffee is 11 oz.. Canned vegetables have way more "packing liquid" than before.. Cereal boxes are bigger, but the oz weight is less..

Tiny little baby outfits are $25.00..

They don't like to call it inflation, but that's what it is..

Every try to understand a phoone bill or electric bill?? The rates may not be very much higher, but now there are "punishment tiers" and a page and a half of "fees" and "add-on charges"..

It's no wonder that people are confused.. they played by the rules, but every tie they turn around, the rules have changed.. :(
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  -The median per capita income in 1970 was......$3,893.00 per year SoCalDem  Feb-28-04 05:56 AM   #0 
  - Capital Is Free To Roam The Globe, Workers Cannot  mhr   Feb-28-04 06:10 AM   #1 
  - great quote!  arrogantatheist1000   Feb-28-04 09:54 AM   #10 
  - *gulp*  Tolania   Feb-28-04 06:15 AM   #2 
  - For some minimum wage wasn't even that high...  OneTwentyoFive   Feb-28-04 06:58 AM   #3 
  - And waitresses still made about 50 cents an hour back then  SoCalDem   Feb-28-04 07:00 AM   #4 
  - I worked at a Winchell's Donut shop  texasblueeyes   Feb-28-04 10:06 AM   #12 
     - Were you as "broke" as you are today??  SoCalDem   Feb-28-04 10:14 AM   #13 
        - You might add that the QUALITY has diminished as well...  rasputin1952   Feb-28-04 11:21 AM   #19 
        - The Reagan administration re-defined inflation criteria.  Pobeka   Feb-28-04 11:27 AM   #20 
        - You can't change it, but ...  muriel_volestrangler   Feb-28-04 02:17 PM   #25 
        - I agree the inflation number is made up to make politicians look good  arrogantatheist1000   Feb-29-04 05:35 AM   #33 
  - And even in 2004,look at State minimum wages-Kansas/Oklahoma  OneTwentyoFive   Feb-28-04 07:03 AM   #5 
  - Hmmmm....I was in uniform at the time and I got ...  rasputin1952   Feb-28-04 08:03 AM   #6 
  - Does anyone know where I can find statistics about........  Oz   Feb-28-04 08:13 AM   #7 
  - In Molly Ivins' book, "Bushwhacked",  rasputin1952   Feb-28-04 08:54 AM   #8 
  - Big Boys go Tax Free  BeFree   Feb-28-04 09:42 AM   #9 
     - Most revolutions are based on economics, not ideology...  rasputin1952   Feb-28-04 09:59 AM   #11 
        - Yep...  BeFree   Feb-28-04 10:32 AM   #16 
  - Here.........  motivated   Feb-28-04 10:24 AM   #15 
  - not just corporations, but the income tax is FAR LESS progressive  cryofan   Feb-28-04 11:09 AM   #18 
  - Go to  myopic4141   Feb-29-04 02:26 AM   #31 
  - I forgot to include this..People actually had savings accounts, too.  SoCalDem   Feb-28-04 10:16 AM   #14 
  - With respect to median income, I believe what has changed ...  Jim__   Feb-28-04 10:55 AM   #17 
  - This assumes the rate of inflation is correct.  Pobeka   Feb-28-04 11:30 AM   #21 
  - It's actually pretty depressing that median income has remained  Jim__   Feb-28-04 12:23 PM   #22 
     - Not just productivity -- people are working more hours  starroute   Feb-28-04 12:45 PM   #23 
  - Hi Jim__  newyawker99   Feb-28-04 04:12 PM   #26 
     - Thanks newyawker - good to be here - n/t  Jim__   Feb-28-04 04:43 PM   #29 
  - If you really want to see the numbers  MikeGalos   Feb-28-04 01:11 PM   #24 
  - Yep, I remember those times..  Sugarbleus   Feb-29-04 06:09 AM   #34 
  - And then America elected an actor.  JasonDeter   Feb-28-04 04:14 PM   #27 
  - I think partially there are more things to spend on as well  steviet_2003   Feb-28-04 04:33 PM   #28 
     - Ask yourself.."Why do we "need" all these things now"?  SoCalDem   Feb-29-04 01:50 AM   #30 
     - i don't think people now spend on luxury instead of healthcare  rman   Feb-29-04 04:32 AM   #32 

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