Bummed Out? US Senator Seeks Comments

The Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, decided to ask his constituents “how are things going” in light of the high price of oil.  He didn’t expect much of a response but soon received over 600 emails that talked about their plight.  Several of the response are below:

“By February we ran out of wood and I burned my mother’s dining room furniture.”
“It costs me so much money in gas that my wife and I live on $6 per day to eat.”
“My mortgage is behind, we are at risk for foreclosure, and I can’t keep up with my car payments.”

Although many people from the US can sympathize with the anecdotes, I showed the same document to many Indians and the response was the same – Why do they live so far away, why do they have 2-3 cars for a family of 2, why did they buy big houses…ouch no sympathy here. However, most still want to emulate the American dream.

When I first saw the email I thought it was a joke. However, the entire document is available on Senator Bernie Sanders website. Direct link to PDF

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