Think hard about what we did have and now don't, and vice versa. Also I suggest you find the % of consumer spending of GDP in 1990 and 2008. How that trend has changed, and particularly if your life also happened to change because of it.
US Consumer Sentiment Index 1989 - 2008.
I will not spoonfeed you with what I think. You either find the truth yourself or fall into the abyss with those who failed to see.
Playing with WORDS will not and cannot save you this time.