The real reason why we can't have nice things is because people keep saying, "This is why we can't have nice things."
I rank this right up there with "foody" as a word or phrase that would best serve the world by being savaged by a pack of dogs.
The real reason we can't have nice things is because wages are stagnant. Stagnant, of course, is a euphemism for swirling down the drain. I suspect the only reason wages have gone up at all is due to the enormous inverse gravity well of the top wage earners, whose monetary density is swiftly reaching an event horizon past which even the crumbs from their table cannot escape.
Your average CEO is deeply concerned by this graph. I don't know if you noticed, but right at the very end, productivity has leveled out. This is why, they say, we can't have nice things.