View Poll Results: Was America better off in 1985, or are we better off today in 2015?

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  • 1985 was better overall

    31 14.09%
  • 2015 is better overall

    189 85.91%
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by foadi View Post
    I remember not being able to see the sky in the 80's when I was growing up in LA. Crime was high, the music was bad, the women were ugly, and international flights were expensive. Would much rather live in 2015.
    Its mostly still the same, except the smog.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Its mostly still the same, except the smog.
    Flying also is a lot cheaper, especially when the dollar was worth much more. But compared to 1985 flying has become cheaper and much more common place.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    1985 was a better time in many ways from my perspective. I grew up in a small town where I roamed the woods and fields around my home hunting a fishing. Since 1985 the US population has gone up almost 25% and we have a lot less nature in our back yard and in our lives. The area I grew up in is 6x more populated and the fields and woods are now neighborhoods and shopping centers. People are migrating towards urban centers and frankly I cannot understand those folk. I hate the growing population trend and our overcrowding(imo).

    Kids spent a lot more time outdoors then and now they all seemed to be glued to some form of electronic device. About the only time I stayed around the house and played with electronics is if the weather was bad, otherwise I was outdoors.

    The US was a lot less paranoid back then. I was once stopped as a teen in the 80's riding my ATV down my street with my new 12 gage shotgun in hand. I was taking it to show my best friend and a policeman just happened along. He pulled me over, checked to make sure the gun was unloaded, handed it back and then lectured me about riding my ATV on public roadways never once mentioning the gun. Today, at that age and in that situation I would probably find myself surrounded by police with guns all pointed at me or worse.

    Americans seem to be pitted against each other a lot more today than in 1985. At least in my neck of the woods it seemed we viewed it as (we) the US vs the bad people around the world. We seemed to have a sense of community that stretched the entire country. Now it seems Americans focus more negative attention onto fellow Americans than outside parties. It wont be long and we may start devouring our own.

    However the 80's hair! Oh how I hated the hair styles of the 80's. Much of the early 80's music wasn't much better lol.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    1985 was better for one simple reason:


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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Do you see why I can't support a mandate based on your anecdotal experience?
    Feel free to stare your data.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Nope. Normal high school kids of all ranges... and nope, I lived in

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I was 4. But I know 2 great things about 1985...


    I will say this, as a small kid Reagan had an almost father like air about him. I knew he cared.
    Reagan was the best President of my lifetime. And Back To The Future movies....cult classics. I remember seeing the first one in the theater in 1985.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    About 80,000 Americans died as a result of communism in Korea and Vietnam.
    Not in 1985. Please pay attention to the thread topic.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Pretty simple question for discussion: Is the United States better off today, or were we better off 30 years ago in 1985?

    There are a number of angles you can approach this from, and I'll leave it up to you to decide what's important to you.

    Culturally? Geo-politically? Economically? In which era were people more optimistic about the future?

    Which era was a better time to be an American?
    You have to make the best of every year you are alive.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Sounds like revisionist history by over compensating your band list

    Step By Step was released in 1990. We're talking about 1985. New Kids didn't make the charts until Hangin Tough in 1988.
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