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Old 06-04-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: I'm gettin' there
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The Future Of America's Working Class | Newgeography.com

Interesting read though.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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No, because England has MUCH, MUCH BETTER WELFARE THAN THE USA.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: I'm gettin' there
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No, because England has MUCH, MUCH BETTER WELFARE THAN THE USA.
Good point. I agree about the ridiculous welfare not only in the UK, but Europe in general. Its crazy !!
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Pixley
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The article reminds me of the Rolling Stones tune:

(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

In the sweet old country where I come from
Nobody ever works
Yeah nothing gets done
We hang fire, we hang fire

You know marrying money is a full time job
I don't need the aggravation
I'm a lazy slob
I hang fire, I hang fire
Hang fire, put it on the wire

We've got nothing to eat
We got nowhere to work
Nothing to drink
We just lost our shirts
I'm on the dole
We ain't for hire
Say what the hell
Say what the hell, hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire
Doo doo doo

here's ten thousand dollars go have some fun
Put it all on at a hundred to one
Hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Don't mind me while I run this article by a few of my friends across the pond and see if the depiction of the area in question is correct in the first place.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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Only a matter of time before the rest of Europe follows Greece into the wastebasket of Socialism.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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Sure it could, anything is possible. What hit me hard was the "green" housing. Big synergy with what the US is starting to push for. I'm all for energy efficiency, but home owners, not the .gov, need to be the driving force. We had deisels big and small required to have expensive urea injection, thus making a significantly better MPG cars become extremely more expensive to operate in the middle of a gas crunch. Our rising outsourcing is also another concern, we can't all be wall street brokers.

As far as welfare, well we know theres ways to game that system too.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Union County
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What is happening already in the US is the middle getting squeezed the hardest and all the warning signs are there of the collateral damage coming from that - highlighted all over the article. There's only so long we can doctor up unemployment statistics, prop up home values, and push mass media to spoon feed the pre-chewed slop they call "economic indicators".

Specific to LI, I think the majority of folks are just NIMBY enough to ignore what is happening all around and certain areas could easily fall prey to the potential future shown here.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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What is happening already in the US is the middle getting squeezed the hardest and all the warning signs are there of the collateral damage coming from that - highlighted all over the article. There's only so long we can doctor up unemployment statistics, prop up home values, and push mass media to spoon feed the pre-chewed slop they call "economic indicators".

Specific to LI, I think the majority of folks are just NIMBY enough to ignore what is happening all around and certain areas could easily fall prey to the potential future shown here.
Good points. I was thinking the same thing, but I'm too tired and grouchy today to deal with the commentary that will surely follow.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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Please enlighten us. We always await your most erudite commentary.
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