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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?

Moving To Canada

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much for the last couple of weeks. The reason for this is that my husband and I are preparing to move to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he’s originally from. We live just north of Los Angeles in the lovely state of California right now. We’re leaving on August 23rd, so that means that a lot of my time has to be occupied with fun stuff like packing.

The reason we are moving is quite simple: the economy here is moving nowhere and jobs are scarce. I keep hearing about how we’re in a recovery period right now, but I just don’t see it. My husband has been out of work for two years now (he was in new home construction, so guess where his job went?) and he has been diligently looking for work all this time. In this time period he has had two interviews…only two! There is just not enough work available for everyone who wants a job, it’s that simple.

Canada has weathered the global recession better than most of the G20 and is truly in full recovery mode. Some parts of the country, like the place where we’re headed: Manitoba,  weren’t really affected, and have just continued to experience slow but steady growth.

I will return to daily updates of news and information relating to debt, and making fun of those smug personal finance folks who make stupid statements once we are settled and I can get Internet again. I anticipate that will occur some time in September…the earlier the better.

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