I think the USA collapsed about 1979.
In my opinion, I have been living in a fallen society since then.
It is a matter of perspective and brain chemicals, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine,
jog and career availability.
And crunching and absorbing the numbers.
When I started driving about 1968 gas was 29cents a gallon.
When I started working in 72, there were jobs, factories and businesses in abundance.
In 1975 I was making 10$ an hour, gas was cheap, Health care for family of 3 was free from my employer,
full coverage. If I wanted to have my own business and buy my own health care for the family it was 100$
a month for full coverage.
For 100$ I could buy 2 grocery carts of steak, chops, beer all kinds of groceries.
Jam, I see reading your post that your were around the same time, I was.
But I started out in the North in the 50's.
I think the big economic changes have been occuring, its been going downhill thruout my working life. The past 60 years.
Maybe its time for things to start getting better.