In the late 1970s then President Jimmy Carter warned Americans that "too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption," and that the "piling up of material goods" led to an "emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose."
Can you believe it? Thirty five years ago we had a president who put on a sweater and admonished us to turn down our thermostats. Then he told us not to go out and buy stuff because it wouldn't make us happy.
No wonder he didn't get re-elected.