Introducing the Why

Jimmy Phillips

writes from Bakersfield, California, where he is director of marketing and communications for San Joaquin Community Hospital.

​The Sin of Sufficiency

Are you living the American dream? If so, you’re one of the 12.5 percent.

In 2014 USA Today published an article detailing the cost of living the “American dream” for a family of four. The article grouped living expenses into three distinct categories:

Essentials: housing, groceries, transportation, medical, clothing, utilities, etc.

Extras: vacations, entertainment, cell phone, cable, Internet, etc.

Taxes and savings: state and federal taxes, college savings for children, 401k contributions, etc.

After adding up the costs in each of these areas, the price tag for living the American dream came to a staggering …

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