And really I'm not and don't claim to be. Someone could probably find several holes with what I am about to say here but I wanted to say it.
The economy has been bad for a long time, not just recently and I think it started to fall in the 80's and has been in a steady decline since then.
Remember this, the majority of families have only had both parents working for about 30 years or less. Also remember that families used to be much much larger.
So your average family of three or four with both parents working can barely afford to buy a house and feed and clothe the kids in 2009 when in 1963 your average family of 6 could afford a house in the suburbs on one income? Does anyone else not see this?
I don't want to hear jack about a good economy until we are back to one income being able to finance the American dream in this country. Anything else and we are being lied to, and we were lied to, for a very long time.