I remember the terrible drought of the 1930s that followed the 1929 stock market crash. I am finding it very difficult to believe these are hard times. New homes are being buillt all around us that are larger and better then before.
My neighbors and I seem to have adequate medical care. Drugs are a problem for those who do not have drug coverage (we are among them). The new drugs that doctors recommend are usually very expensive, but the government has started a plan that appears to be helpful to low-income individuals and families and is designed to grow during the next few years.
I am not saying people do not have problems today. We should help people through their serious crises. But I believe it should be a local issue. This allows for individual tailoring of the problem, instead of one size fits all.