Thursday, December 01, 2005

America's "Potemkin Village" prosperity


Today's New York Times reported an astounding number of Long Island young adult children are financially unable to live independently.

Quoting from the article:

"We're the baby boomers who worked and played the system as best we could, but things are getting worse for this next generation, ratcheting up to where it is almost impossible," said Vilma Nuzio of Bellmore, who runs a church program for the needy.

Her five children are grown now, but despite their college educations and seemingly decent salaries, Mrs. Nuzio said they cannot afford their own homes on Long Island. One son has already departed for North Carolina, and her other children are living with roommates.

The younger generation's difficulty with the cost of living is reflected in another survey finding. Forty five percent reported rooming with others, primarily relatives, up sharply from 31 percent the year before."

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