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Greg, well you have to remember....we have been bombarded by Detroit telling us that we must own our own car to be independent for more than 60 years...guess all those ads sunk deeply into the American conscience. And don't forget the car replaced the family horse and carriage.

Well said. As a matter of fact, the Detroit area (and suburbs) has no public transportation. (Hmmm. Wonder why that may be? You don't think the Big Three have anything to do with that, do you? Naaaahh! Couldn't be...) I live 15 miles from where I work. That is not very far at all. The cost of housing where I work is more than I can afford (since I have had a bankruptcy in the near past, a course you advocate), so I live in a cheaper city. So, I need a car to get there. Could I walk or ride a bike? Possibly. But definitely not with our winters. So, I drive.

Could I work closer to home? Yep. At about half of what I make, which means I couldn't live in my current home, which means I would have to find an even cheaper city. Which means I would no longer be close enough to then new job to walk. Which means I would need a car.

Well, how about finding a job in the new city? Sure, which is even less than the job I just moved to, which means the cycle begins all over...

Oh, and before you say I live too "luxuriously", I own (with the bank) a three bedroom, 1 bath home. Just my wife and I so far, but we are trying to have a child. This means I need at least two bedrooms. My family lives out of town, and sometimes comes to visit, so I have a third bedroom for them. This doubles as a den/library/home office. It is not "in the country" but in a well-developed neighborhood.

Before making judgements on someones lifestyle (particularly someone you do not know), you would be well served to get the facts.

There is a reason God gave us two ears and only one mouth. Talk only half as much as you listen.

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