Note to Self:
You don't really understand what "purchasing power" means and whether or not it is on the decline during this economy. On a visceral level, you get that things cost more and your wages haven't gone up. You know this when you realize that you recognize the risk of letting your own children go uninsured. But don't use the term "purchasing power." The truth is that the top one percent have been purchasing power over the last few decades and now you're screwed. Congrats.