Over the past decade, the cost of living has skyrocketed. Coupled with lagging wage growth, Americans are faced with the fact that their paycheck doesn't get them as much as it might have 40 years ago.
Health care has been a hot topic in America for years – from the exorbitant costs to lack of universal health care, the U.S. remains an outlier among industrialized countries. While money covers one aspect of the issue, hospitals' accessibility, location, size, and specialty are also limiting.
Every year, the average commuter spends 42 hours sitting in traffic. That's 42 hours of unexpected traffic delays, construction detours, bumper-to-bumper standstills, and sharing the road with more than a few inconsiderate drivers.
When you're planning a vacation, what considerations come to mind when thinking about where to stay? Are you primarily concerned with the amenities and luxury upgrades? The on-site dining options? How about the cleanliness of the room and the bed you'll be sleeping in?
We've come a long way since 1974, but in terms of salary and purchasing power, the United States has stagnated since then, with reports showing that the real average wage in the U.S. has roughly the same purchasing power it did in 1974.
In Washington's fractious climate, infrastructure represents a rare area of bipartisan agreement. Legislators in both parties declare the urgent need to repair America's roads and bridges, which experts call critically deteriorated.