I've been hearing and reading a lot about recovery - and how we're "in it".
But how do we define recovery?. I certainly don't define it by stocks going up, and corporate profits soaring.
I don't think Americans expect more from life than they put in. But they certainly don't expect a kick in the teeth for being a working stiff, or for having a few kids, or for getting sick.
Here are some of my definitions:
When the only people out of work are those who truly can't, or won't, work.
When everyone has a clean, safe place to live.
When no one goes hungry, except Renee Zellweger.
When every kid in America can fully participate in school sports, arts, and other activities without extreme financial stress on their families.
When every city has completely adequate first responder coverage.
When working families can maintain a working automobile without sweating every repair.
When parks, trails, etc are not only open, but maintained.
When the budgets of schools, social agencies, etc are fully funded.
When tuition at state schools is affordable to all.
When families can have one parent home, with reasonable sacrifice of income. Meaning clipping coupons, buying used cars, etc.
When there is no such thing as medical bankruptcy.
How do YOU define recovery?