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Moving For A Chance At Prosperity

Well, my husband and I moved 2,300 miles, from Lancaster, CA, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the chance at a better life.  It is difficult for me, as an American, to say this, because I was always taught that people came to America to look for a better life.  For a long while, that was primarily true: many immigrants came for the promise of the American Dream, and many have achieved it.

However, times have changed. The last forty years have seen a weakening in strong labor, the rise of outsourcing, and the big box stores that crowd out the smaller competition. Wall Street has been given free reign to pursue astronomical profits as their due. All of these things, in combination, have made the American Dream nothing more than a myth. Today’s generation will be less prosperous than were their parents, for the first time in decades.

The pundits and politicians alike tell us that this is the “new normal” and we’re just going to have to live with diminished expectations. I hear this and wonder where the America I grew up in went? Where is that can-do spirit that allowed us to put a man on the moon in a single decade? Where did the strong leaders like FDR go, who regularly went before the nation to remind us that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself?”

Well, my husband and I have had enough of it. We’ve had enough of watching our savings and hard work go down the drain as we struggle to make ends meet without work. We’re sick of the politicians playing games with the unemployment lifeline that so many Americans depend on today, and we’re sick of the giveaways to the banks and other vested interests who ruined the economy in one fell swoop.

So, yes, I moved out of the United States to Canada in search for a better life. And guess what? We are on our way there. My husband found work not three weeks after we arrived and we are looking at buying a house here. The economy is thriving…no dearth of jobs…and healthcare that you don’t have to mortgage your firstborn to use.

I’d like to hear from you. How many of you have moved elsewhere (even just to another state) in search of a better future? How many of you are considering it?

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