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