Absolutely NO! Gas prices are up as are NC gas taxes. Food prices have gone way up and I definitely spend more time checking the grocery ads and comparing prices in the store. My house has gone down in value but my property taxes have gone up. The same for my rental properties. The houses are worth less but I pay more in property taxes. NC state sales tax has gone up. I smoke (yeah yeah I know) and both the federal and state tax on a pack of smokes has gone way up. Beer and wine tax has gone up. The price of dog food has gone way up and I have 4 dogs. The list goes on and on.
To paraphrase some here, "That all depends on how you qualify the question".
Job likability? No.
Cost of living? No.
Love of and appreciation for family & friends? YES!
Thanks to Divine Providence for things that could be worse, aren't YES!
Getting rid of "stuff" and simplifying? YES!
Getting more active in political process/re-learning American History? YES!
With the US being $14,000,000,000,000 in the hole, even if you think you are better off, you are not.
Health insurance agent and consultant, oil and gas investor, real estate investor, son who is a real estate agent - no, we are not better off.
And let's keep on increasing the entitlement programs and adding more of them, especially those that encourage more non working slime to cross our borders and breed even more of the same. They may be parasites on society but hey they can vote and we all know who'll get those votes in exchange for promises of even more free shit. After all we can always keep taxing the rich to pay for it all....
That is what is wrong with this country. Not one word about quit spending money. With that attitude I could come up with a long list of taxable actions.
A tax for every pound a person is overweight would be a good start. Notice I do not advocate a tax on soda or chips because if you work out and burn it off you should not pay for the 600lb person that walks across the floor and shakes the building.:rolleyes: