The point is that even before the GFC, people weren't trying to live the American dream as it used to be. If they had, they wouldn't be in deep shit. The American dream as it existed two generations ago involved, amongst other things, a house about half the size of current houses, one (modest) car, and so on and so forth, where the only debt people incurred was a mortgage that they could reasonably afford. The modern American and others are like Icarus and now they're complaining because they're hurtling rapidly towards an unhappy demise.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell