Finally on a roll at the Yipster Times. Before you start laughing, 13.9% was a ball-buster for a mortgage in 1981, at least as I recall -- even for the "fixer-upper" portrayed below. This was about the time that the legendary Largest Arms Buildup Since The First Cold War was being cranked up, about the time the air-traffic controllers' union was busted, and real wages first began its long, slow slide into the toilet.
Our "leaders" were hitching us back up to the war machine, our wages were hitting the dumper, but at least the goddamn' Rooskies couldn't get us.
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