You know, this doesn't surprise me one little bit. Most folks have a tendency of thinking that the lifestyle that they have is the lifestyle that they deserve. I sometimes catch that bug myself, it is good for a smackdown when it comes.
I think that folks are thinking that the good days are going to be returning. I don't know where they get that idea. When I was down at my Mom's, my sisters were joking about folks not getting the memo. I think that there are a lot of folks out there who didn't get the memo.
The country and the world is changing. The biggest change is that we are going into a world of resource constraints. We have always acted as though the world's resources were infinite. We are now finding out that they are not. Oil is peaking (some argue that it has peaked), coal is questionable, phosphorous is looking a bit thin on top. With these soon to be restraints in place, we will be progressively limiting the techologies that we have used for the past two centuries to spite Dr. Malthus' gloomy predictions. Now we are starting to wonder if he will get the last laugh.
So now we see folks out there showing their colors, ant or grasshopper. What always amazes me about stories like this is that the intent of the writer is to starve the grasshopper. This proves that the loan-negotiations can be misused. They must be stopped. Well, that may be true, but that will hurt the faithful ants who are using them as they were designed.
But in the end, all of this is nothing more than a morality play for the future. We are, as usual, showing both the bad and the good sides to our nature. Read about it, keep it there for future reference. Try to figure out which of your circle of acquaintances are ant and cling to them.