I think it's time we took a look around at other countries and asked WHY are they so poor? And how do we make sure that doesn't happen here? One of the problematic things is being able to differentiate between the contributing things that help make a country wealthy, and the trappings of luxury, things that only exist in wealthier countries because they can afford them. Education might be one example. We know that higher levels of education are correlated with wealthier countries, but is that because that education makes a country wealthier, or is it because that country can afford to spend more on education? I was just reading about huge numbers of old people living in poverty in South Korea. An interview with one old woman said she didn't blame the government, there was only so much they could do. She was still working hard as a seamstress in her 80s, through a special government program to create jobs for older people, though she was barely scraping by (the equivalent of 350 US dollars per month). This is South Korea, full of very educated and hard working people.