The word just sounds so, “austere”! And that just makes it worse, doesn’t it? After all, the government of the United States implemented an austerity plan that pretty much irritated the citizens. So who would want to live that way? Well, when you actually look at the definition of the word, many of us are already doing so. Not so much out of desire, but out of necessity. The economy has tanked, at least from the perspective of working class families. Maybe that’s not a track we want to follow!