Skip to comments.Big house a symbol of an American tragedy
Posted on 01/28/2007 11:48:56 AM PST by BronzePencil
It sits on top of a hill, overlooking a busy road -- a big, pink stucco house that dwarfs all the houses around it. It is conspicuous consumption at its worst, or at its best, depending on your point of view.
It's not the biggest house around. There are many bigger -- one just a few miles from where I live, not on top of a hill but practically on the offramp of a highway. So many smaller houses have been knocked down to make room for these Goliaths. This is called progress.
I don't understand who lives in these massive homes or who can afford them
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So what are we supposed to do with this information?
And what about Ho Chi Kerry's and the Kennedy's estates?
Mail this to John Edwards, c/o Two Americas, Chapel Hill, NC.
MILLIONS are living on the streets? The space aliens must have accidently dropped her in Mexico City when they were done probing.
"It's remarkable how little growth has trickled down to ordinary families," economist Paul Krugman wrote recently in The New York Times Magazine.Drivel.
Welfare people would probably be insulted today if you expected them to live in that average 1954 house -- with one tiny bathroom, no color TV, a fridge that would fit inside today's fridges, a kitchen that would fit inside today's bathrooms.
There were always wealthy people who lived in pink houses on hilltops. Today there are lots more of them. And most everyone else is way better off -- economically -- then people were in 1954.
The real problem is moral decline -- among rich and poor.
live in a town that has million-dollar houses. And yet our schoolchildren have to pay to ride the school bus, to play school sports, to participate in school plays, to play in the school band, to take part in any extracurricular activities. Our library might be forced to cut back its hours. This isn't unique to my town. It's happening across the state.
Instead of worrying what people do with their own money...journalists should start investigating what the government is doing with your money.
Is that your place? Looks new.
Nah, they took one look at her and passed on the "probing".
The Globe should call up Edwards and get a quote from him. I have nothing against big houses or people building/buying what they can afford, Edwards, however is just a typical liberal hypocrite.
It should be noted that that is John Edwards' house.
" My parents wouldn't make it today -- not without an education, not without family to help them. And that's the big difference between then and now. Then you could work hard and work your way up. Now, you can work hard your whole life and never get ahead."
I wonder if the author has thought about some other differences between her parent's and todays young couples trying to get ahead. I bet that her parents
a. Never bought anything on credit and if they did have an account with local merchants and the bill was paid weekly. And by local merchants I mean the grocer, butcher, hardware store and other necessary purchases not the big screen TV market.
b. Only went out to eat once every 6 months if that. If they did go it was to the local Italian or other mom and pop restaurant where a home style meal was enjoyed not a $50.00 a person nouvelle cusine travesty.
c. Went and bought new things without a second thought. They most likely darned socks, restiched hems, saved buttons, saved screws, nails, bolts, repaired, reused and refitted. Their favorite label for kid's clothing was
" HANDMEDOWN "
People can still work hard and get ahead, it happens every day in this Country. What is lacking is the self discipline that makes it possible. It is not the Government job to make sure you have the maturity and foresight to handle your finances. It sure as hell can not handle its own.
What nonsense. Then again, in highly taxed & regulated, liberal cities, I don't find a 'wealth gap' too surprising.
Is that the Edwards place?