When I was a teenager only teenagers worked at fast-food places. Adults weren't hired (the phrase used was "overqualified," which is something I don't hear anymore).
Now adults work at these places and it's considered acceptable. In fact, the economy is so bad the last time I heard the average age of someone making minimum wage is 35 years old.
Since you can't live on that kind of money we now have all kinds of transfer payments: Earned Income, Section 8 housing, HUD, food cards.
Nothing good is going to come of all this.
It's been known for a long time that if you want to see what is going to happen to whites, look at blacks. Welfare and the lack of jobs has destroyed their culture and families. And now they're rioting and attacking people.
People think whites don't really riot, but look at history. Look up Matewan sometimes.
And it was all about money then, just as the problems today are about money.
This doesn't mystify me. After all, thousands of years ago there was written a famous comment about the love of money being the root of all evil. That didn't make much sense as a teenager but it sure does now.
In the long run I expect the U.S. to break up into autonomous sections. It's happening already. Many of the inner cities are no go and the wilderness is returning to much of Detroit.
I used to live in Albuquerque and it's pretty much been ethnically cleansed of blacks by "Hispanics." I used to know a middle-aged black women there and she told me some Hispanic women told her to her face, "We are going to get rid of you." I, on the other hand, never had a problem.
Liberals are nuts with their beliefs in multiculturalism.
And those who can't see the long-term effects of a bad economy are nuts, too.
Interesting times are coming. It's not even hard to see. All the races and ethnic groups living apart, a very small majority with more money than they know what to do with, a great many people livng on transfer payments and low-paying jobs.
Artists tend to be antennae for coming problems. Neal Stephenson, for one, is very good at writing about the break up of the country. An impoverished country with advanced technology. It's exactly what I predicted (and others) while forgetting I had read Stephenson.
So it appears we are heading toward a broken-apart country, with advanced technology verging on magic, with a vanishingly small number of extremely wealthy people, and everyone else impoverished economically.
There will still be a lot of drinking and drugs and watching 500 TV channels, though. While the smart ones work their technological magick with programming, nanotechnology and genetic engineering - which ultimately are the same thing.