That was then. This is now.

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That was then. This is now.

The situation in the past was very different from how it is in the present; what was true before is not representative of how things are now. A: "There used to be a time when banks wouldn't hesitate to give you a mortgage, so long as you had a good job." B: "That was then. This is now. It's not as easy as that anymore." I understand the company made you certain promises when they first hired you. But that was then. This is now, and we just can't afford to pay for these benefits any longer.
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