Is It Bush, Or the Recession?

Today is July 4th.  And as my son and I were driving into our neighborhood, we noticed how few flags we saw waving.

A few years ago, at least two-thirds of the houses had flags.  Today I would get estimate that number being 15% to 20% of the houses.

In our neighborhood, there is a $75 per year service that provides flags for patriotic holidays (like Independence Day, Memorial Day, etc.).

So, did the economy make the $75 outlay feel too extravagant?  Or did the collective level of patriotism drop significantly? 

My guess … a little of both; but it probably has more to do with the economy.  What do you think?

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