Journalist James Glassman declares that “a culture of complaint” has infected American society. Some Americans file complaints against food companies, seeking to hold a corporation responsible for making them fat. Others seek litigation against banks for lending them money even though they were a credit risk. There are complaints about overcrowding in schools, low paying jobs, and cheap foreign labor. The truth is that some of these complaints are unfounded or else ignore offsetting blessings.
According to Glassman, there are many reasons not to complain:
• In 1955 the ratio of students to teachers was 30 to 1. Today it is 19 to 1.
• Adjusted for inflation, compensation has tripled since 1947, and the cost of necessities has plummeted.
• Food in 1950 represented about one third of a family’s total expenditures; today, it’s one seventh.
• The U.S. Gross Domestic Product is more than the total of the next five countries.
• The current U.S. unemployment rate of 5.7% is lower than the average rate over the last 30 years and lower than most countries, including industrialized countries.
• Americans work fewer hours, and have more cars, cultural institutions, and children in college than ever before. - James K. Glassman, “Whine, the Beloved Country!”