Saddling the next generation with massive debt -- chicagotribune.com That about sums it all up, folks. We are now a people who would rather buy an i phone than health insurance for our kids. We would rather buy the house with all the bells and whistles. God forbid we don't have a master suite or our kids have to share a bedroom all that matters is we have a BIG house and 2 new cars in the garage. To hell with saving money for retirement and staying out of debt. Why should we do these things when we can have the almighty benevolent government tax other people (you know those nasty evil rich people whose only crime is that they earn more) to pay our way. What happened to sacrifice? Used to be people did without unnecessary luxuries in order to have something greater later on. Now, if we don't have the latest greatest newest shiniest gadgets and baubles we are plagued with envy for those who do. Excess used to be considered shameful now the opposite is true. What happened to pride? When we took pride in making our own way and felt shame when we couldn't we were a better country. Sure we provided help for the truly needy, it was called relief back then and people were loathe to accept because of a personal set of ethics that prized self reliance above all. Today, we see government giveaways, as a right akin with freedom of speech. What has happened to America?