When I was growing up, and as I got older and into the working world, things were a lot easier than now. Still hard but easier. Inflation as I see it is the main culprit. It has driven higher all these years and wages have not. This makes daily living a lot harder from day to day and year to year. You used to be able to "work" you way up to a higher salary or position based solely on your work performance. Not so nowadays. You definitely have to have a college education. A2 year degree will only get you a mediocre job. If you want a decent paying job in this age, you need AT LEAST A 4 YEAR DEGREE and possibly more will be required in the distant future. It is all about greedy people taking advantage of the less greedy. Our current situation and economic crisis is a prime example of this. A man runs a multi million dollar company into the ground and is rewarded with 85 million. My theory, he ( and others) should be strung up and displayed in public. Everything was so much better back in the "old days". You weren't dependent on tv, computers, cell phones, credit cards, etc. Yes, they have made our lives easier but only in a world that is self destructing at a rapid rate!