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

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    I'm wearing 2015 leggings, not 1985 ones!
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Technology is certainly better. The availability of cheap things. Things that have gotten worse include the economy (progressively have gotten worse since the 80s due to a shift to neoliberalism) individual risks including job security, individual debt, retirement...., childhood poverty.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

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    I'm wearing 2015 leggings, not 1985 ones!
    Thank goodness, because I'd hack to smack you silly if you were wearing the 1985 variety, girl.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

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    Technology is certainly better. The availability of cheap things. Things that have gotten worse include the economy (progressively have gotten worse since the 80s due to a shift to neoliberalism) individual risks including job security, individual debt, retirement...., childhood poverty.
    I don't see how that is possible. It just seems to me to be political rhetoric made up by liberals to shift blame.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I don't see how that is possible.
    How old are you?

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    That's good. You must be around perfect kids.

    You must have lived in an interesting place in 1985 considering most houses didn't have home consoles then, and Atari and Sega weren't available in North America until after 1986.
    Nope. Normal high school kids of all ranges... and nope, I lived in

    The Atari 2600 came out in 1977: Atari 2600 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And Intellivsion came out in 1979: Intellivision - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    The poll is tied right now. I bet if we had done this same poll in 1985 (vs 1955), it would be about even also. And if we had done the poll in 1955 (vs 1925) it would be even again. Over a thirty year time period, probably about half of the people are going to remember the old days as the "good ole days".

    Yet if we had asked if we were better off today than in 1915, probably on one or two people would have responded that things were better in 1915.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    How old are you?
    In 1985 I was two. Do the math to find the answer.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Luftwaffe View Post
    2015 > 1985

    Unfortunately as time goes on some rights get restricted but other rights get recognized.

    I wish we could advance without restricting any rights but still getting other rights recognized. The good thing is that we're pushing back on gun laws and such more so today.

    I prefer my modern life to the '85 life according to what I've heard. Technology advancements are simply too great, to want to live in a more backwards technological age just seems foreign to me.

    Speaking of wanting to live in backwards ages... Perhaps Paleocon can give some good input for this thread
    considering Wash was one of the few states that permitted concealed carry in 1985 and otherwise I like using old things, like cassette players, 80s cars, and would appreciate living here prior to the suburbanization of most of Western Washington, I will say 1985.

    although I suppose if one was gay, or got diagnosed with blood cancer, or any cancer for that matter. would 2015
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I remember more an antagonistic attitude towards Russia which I often think stemmed more from competition than fear. We wanted to be the world superpower - and so did they.

    I never worried that a Russian was going to hurt me. In fact, in 1983, I studied abroad in Vienna for a semester, and we took a 10 day trip to Russia. It wasn't scary at all. I wouldn't consider going to many places now that we went then, including Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Greece. I wouldn't let my kids go to any of those places now.
    Its hard for me to imagine Americans openly wanting to be the worlds superpower these days.

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