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

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    31 14.09%
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Since its Wednesday there can you give me the lottery numbers for tonight's drawing? Thanks!
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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?
    Hard to say, for many reasons.

    No internet, only 3+1 TV networks in the US (ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS), a single 24 hour news channel, no treatment for HIV, Valley Girls, big hair. 1985 had a lot of downsides for many of the current generation.

    However, the obesity rates were lower. Teens were more likely to be rollerskating at night instead of sitting at the X-box sucking down endless pizzas. Also we had a much more varied "Popular Music" genre, with everybody from Madonna and USA for Africa to Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie as well as ZZ Top, Miami Sound Machine and Kenny Rogers all existing on the "Pop charts" at the same time. In 1985 you could literally listen to "Top 40" and hear every genre there was from instrumental and jazz to rock and country. That sure as hell never happens anymore.

    Of course, we also had the Cold War. Anybody honestly trying to look back with pure nostalgia can not forget that. The Iron Curtain was still around, and we often lived in fear that "World War III" could start at almost any time. John Walker was arrested for spying. The Los Angeles Night Stalker murders.

    But the Titanic was finally discovered, giving a future career to then 11 year old Leonardo DiCaprio.

    But then you have the ultimate worst disaster.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

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    Feel free to stare your data.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by flogger View Post
    Given the poll for 2015 has shot up by 120 votes in just the last couple of hours when before 1985 held a slight advantage would appear to be more indicative of the particular age demographic using the forum at a certain time of day than anything else.
    Its people gaming the polls. Judging by how they voted previously they have a lefty bent. I stopped posting polls in this subforum because of that.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    Hard to say, for many reasons.

    No internet, only 3+1 TV networks in the US (ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS), a single 24 hour news channel, no treatment for HIV, Valley Girls, big hair. 1985 had a lot of downsides for many of the current generation.

    However, the obesity rates were lower. Teens were more likely to be rollerskating at night instead of sitting at the X-box sucking down endless pizzas. Also we had a much more varied "Popular Music" genre, with everybody from Madonna and USA for Africa to Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie as well as ZZ Top, Miami Sound Machine and Kenny Rogers all existing on the "Pop charts" at the same time. In 1985 you could literally listen to "Top 40" and hear every genre there was from instrumental and jazz to rock and country. That sure as hell never happens anymore.

    Of course, we also had the Cold War. Anybody honestly trying to look back with pure nostalgia can not forget that. The Iron Curtain was still around, and we often lived in fear that "World War III" could start at almost any time. John Walker was arrested for spying. The Los Angeles Night Stalker murders.

    But the Titanic was finally discovered, giving a future career to then 11 year old Leonardo DiCaprio.

    But then you have the ultimate worst disaster.

    Leonardo DiCaprio was the adopted kid on growing pains. I liked the show and the theme song.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Leonardo DiCaprio was the adopted kid on growing pains. I liked the show and the theme song.
    That was a great show. That made half the girls in America fall in love with Kirk Cameron.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    That was a great show. That made half the girls in America fall in love with Kirk Cameron.
    Didn't stop Kirk Cameron from becoming a complete religious lunatic, did it?
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    I really don't think either are all that hot. You'd have to go back to the late 50s/early 60s before this country went liberal wackadoo to find an actual year worth living in.
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