have you ever been to Canada? everything up here costs on average 50% more (or more), we pay more taxes, and have higher income tax. i find it funny that our dollar on paper is worth about the same as yours, yet in reality its worth practically nothing. before my injury (had to quit work) i had about $400 a week taken off my paychecks, then another 13% added onto everything i buy. so much for our "booming" economy...
Yup been there several times. But I live in Aus, so i know about paying more! Beyond that, i don't really know what you are talking about.
No economy is booming at the moment.
America may well slide into recession.