Saturday, June 13, 2009

Like I said , It Is Going to Deteriorate

Minor declines in the standard of living can just pile on and pile on, until you wake up one day and say, "Where the hell am I?"

Some Michigan counties have turned a few once-paved rural roads back to gravel to save money.

More than 20 of the state's 83 counties have reverted deteriorating paved roads to gravel in the last few years, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. The counties are struggling with their budgets because tax revenues have declined in the lingering recession.

Montcalm County converted nearly 10 miles of primary road to gravel this spring.

At least 50 miles have been reverted in the state in the past three years.



  1. Bob, this brings up a couple of questions that maybe you have an opinion on the answers:

    1. What country currently has the best standard of living?


    2. If it is the U.S., is there another that will overtake it soon?

    I would like to know what my other options are!

  2. It really depends on what is important to you.

    If you like snow skiing, then. say, Panama is oput.

    There are much too many variables to give a general amnswer. One I thing I do with some of my clients is give them a questionnaire that helps me understand their needs.

    All that said, some of the freest countries will be very small countries thta are operated al,ost like towns.

  3. It's worse - it depends where you live in a country. Nunavut, Canada is not much different from many 3rd world countries that don't happen to suffer a current military conflict, while Ottawa is about as good as it gets by any standard you may want to apply (provided you like snow, a lot).
    If money is no concern, and you can ignore politics, many a developing world country may offer you a better life than the US.