"We are becoming a nation of bottom feeders, focused only on the lowest price."
The reason we are becoming a nation of bottom feeders focused on the lowest price is because we are getting poorer and poorer. As the price of everything you need for living skyrockets and the rich (the employers) increase our pay lower than that living increase year after year, people can afford less and less on recreation.
50% of the nation makes roughly $50k/year for a family. I'm right there and I live in a shoe box (heck, I only have one 5'x5' bathroom, no AC, and my daughter can barely turn around in her bedroom, no dining room and tiny kitchen) spend an enormous amount of money on food if you want to eat half decently, spend an enormous amount of money on heating the house in the winter, and median income just doesn't cut it to have any recreation at all. You know the saying, all work and no play.... We have to have some recreation in life to reduce stress and for our well being. I have none of that. Stress and depression is going to kill me and probably soon. All I do is work with no play at all.
Thus, to have any attempt at some recreation, I must bottom feed. Flying RC airplanes is a stress relief for me. Biking the paved rails to trails is fun and stress relief for me and my kids. But can't do any of that since I can't buy any aircraft and my kids don't have bikes.
I've given up. The saying "you get what you pay for" also is a very true one. I am starting to bike for exercise so I don't follow my family history and can make it past 43 years old (which is coming in 2 more years.) But I'll be giving that up soon too because my 7 year old bottom feeder Walmart junk bike just isn't going to hold up to my new found daily biking. For recreation to get the family out of sitting around the house twiddling our thumbs, I am interested in kayaking/canoeing thus I am here. Yet, I doubt I will get into it because I know the $150 kayak that is on sale right now at Dunham's is a "you get what you pay for" kayak and after a month, it will no longer be enjoyable to use the bottom feeder kayak. Heck, I need 4 of them plus all the other stuff that comes with it for 4 people. The funds just aren't there for the median family income folks after paying for food, utilities, doctor bills, insurance bills and probably the worst, the $600/month I just spend in gas.
When I was a kid, a kayak was something those crazy folks were in Slippery Rock Creek with, where many many people have died including trained rescue workers (saw it mentioned on one of the "Places to Paddle" for PA reports in which a trained rescue diver was mentioned. His name was Eric, it was several years ago. I worked with him.) When I was a kid and my parents were my current age, they didn't have these light easy to transport kayaks around. The folks kayaking were the ones braving the dangerous waters of Slippery Rock Creek. Today because of bottom feeder products, folks who should be middle class at the median income whom are barely staying afloat may have a bit of stress relief from the non-stop working, paying bills, and worrying about finances.
As a kid, we got in the car and drove places. At the $600/month I spend in gas just myself and my wife going to work, it's hard to take a nice drive up in the Allegheny Forest or out in the beautiful farmlands. It's hard to drive to go do something. As a kid, my parents taking us kids to Kennywood for a day of fun didn't add an additional $40 onto the trip in fuel cost along with the cheap cost it was to go to Kennywood back then. We didn't have $150 concert tickets to go see a band play live. For folks like me at median income trying to live, a trip to Kennywood would blow about 3 months of disposable income. Taking my girls to see Taylor Swift would blow about a years worth of saved disposable income. That's all just for 1 day or night of entertainment. I could take that same 1 years of disposable income and get my family out on the water for long time enjoyment with the bottom feeder kayaks as opposed to just sitting around the house wishing there was an activity we could do.
For our parents' generation, there was no bottom to feed off of. Today we have cheap Chinese products that makes it easier for half of us to do. That is why we are becoming a nation of bottom feeders. Because the bottom is all we are financially capable of feeding off of.
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