sosage Anyone younger than a baby boomer better start taking serious notes.
Old_Zircon People should have been living like this all along, we'd have avoided a lot of the economic trouble we're in now.
Cena_mark Our standard of living is still way better than this. We Americans are becoming more thrifty so this could be the new reality.
baleen Of course our standard of living is better than this. They had spent everything they had to defeat Hitler.
This will be the standard of living for most Americans if we continue to repeat the mistakes of the 1920s, which we have sort of done.
fatatty Our wars are much easier to ignore these days, and sacrifices so much easier to pass off on the next generation.
cognitivedissonance Richard Nixon ended the draft so that the length/relevance of wars would no longer be a direct drain on election tendencies. Restart the draft and I can guarantee you we'll be swords-to-plowshares in exactly one election cycle.