The ‘dirty’ middle class

I propose a new way to think about the Great Recession in America. Instead of the middle class is dying, how about the dirty middle class is dying postman. The way of life where overconsumption and gas guzzling is more American than recycling or biking. If our energy supply can be both dirty and clean, why not our lifestyles 바람의나라 연?

Consider the average family spends 20% of their budget on transportation 파워포인트2010 체험판 다운로드. That’s 10 weeks/year just to pay for car and gas. But what about the big gas guzzlers, the kind that cost $80 to fill-up. No one wants to pay $100 for gas but that is where we are headed 다운로드. And yet there are plenty of them on the street. As those gas prices tick up I think they will slowly disappear and be replaced by bikes and EV’s 다운로드.

Food is another area in slow decline. You might’ve heard that 69% of Americans are overweight or obese 다운로드. That’s a lot of extra money spent on food, especially when times are tight. A new report shows our consumption of candy and processed foods has doubled in the last 30 years 카드워즈 다운로드. What if a family were to save money by committing to healthy portion sizes, cutting out processed foods, and putting that savings towards college.

Last, think about the basic rule of disposable goods 윈도우 8.1 순정 iso파일 다운로드. They only work once and you have to buy more every week. Not only is this horrible for the environment but it costs a lot of money. Families could go broke following the jingles in commercials 다운로드. And those who are pushing hard on – reduce, reuse, recycle – are again finding themselves with extra money to spend on family vacations.

After all, isn’t that what being in the middle class is about, family vacations 리눅스 이미지? Being able to work, have fun, and save a little money for college or retirement. I thought so, but somehow that dream became owning an SUV, overeating, and buying something to throw out. But take solace in knowing that this dirty way of life is moving towards extinction. To be replaced by green families who ride bikes and have vegetable gardens.

It gives new meaning to the saying, there goes the neighborhood.

 

Biking to a community garden…the new middle class lifestyle. (image: Kristine Paulus)

2 thoughts on “The ‘dirty’ middle class”

  1. Are you kidding? Do you live in Rhode Island?
    “The way of life where overconsumption and gas guzzling is more American than recycling or biking”

    “Bike” in Montana or Nevada or Kansas or Nebraska or …

    I’m thinking you are not thinking. I hope I’m wrong.
    Please explain.

    Ed

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