I am not completely sure what happened in 2009, but 2009 is gone. I went home for the holidays to celebrate NYE with friends and family.
I am confident in saying that most Americans are either in denial, trapped in stupidity, or are simply lost in a sea of lies. I think that traveling through the airport we can see a lot of how people are doing. So, what did I see?
Well, over half the females that I saw in the aiport were carrying Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci purses – all being $120+ purses. On their feet were Ugg Boots, which are $120. Nearly a third of the people out there had full size laptops and about 60% of the people had some sort of MP3 player. What was the most popular cell phones? You guessed it – iPhones, which are $250 and about $100/month if you want to use your iPhone… well as an iPhone (texting, downloading, playing games, etc). Checked-in baggage was abundant too. I only mention this because nearly every airline charges about $20 per checked in bag.
In a nut-shell, nobody was dressed down. Everyone was blinging with jewelry, accessories, and first class tickets. The airports were as full as they always are, too.
Now, all I hear (especially when I go home) is how crappy the economy is. Alright, so if it is crappy and nobody has a job… then Americans are in denial because we still spend like there is no recession. Recession means, at least to me, to save and be more frugal with your money. Buying a $300 purse and wearing ugly $120 boots is not being frugal – I’m sorry. Which brings me to stupidity. Maybe the economy does suck and nobody is working. If so, then we are all simply stupid. We are still living on credit and not only are we living on credit, we are buying stupid crap that we don’t need. Sure, buy nice stuff but you don’t need that 32GB iTouch to listen to your 80 songs that you downloaded off of iTunes nor do you need your Fendi sunglasses. I sure hope these people are coupon clipping to buy gorceries so that they can afford their toys.
Or maybe what the “statistics” tell us is simply wrong.
In any case, I think we would all be good to take on a little Dave Ramsey and start dancing on the Debt Snowball. Or maybe cut back a touch and get on the Ramsey Beans and Rice Diet. Now, I’m not advocating that you don’t use credit cards or that you don’t buy stuff. What I am advocating is to quit living beyond your means. I am pretty sure that all the masses of people that I saw at the airport were not debt free and I’m sure many more had no sort of emergency fund program. In other words, if something bad did happen, how long would they last financially?
On another note, I do not see how logical thinking people still support Obama. I think we are all past the lustful puppy-dog stage of the relationship and can start seeing that the dog pooping on the carpet is not all that funny. Are you serious people? Still wearing the Hope and Change Obama shirts? The Obama stickers? I am very temped to ask these people if they have an inkling of what he does? I don’t think they do – not a one of them. Or if spending more in their household helps them get out of debt like Obama thinks that spending more will help recover the economy. Of course, if I question any of them, especially as a “privledged-white man” then I will instantly be bastardized as a racist.
What is even more confusing is that I actually do talk to a lot of people and they don’t think that our government is worth a crap.
So why are we sitting on our hands?
Oh yeah. We are scared of our government. We don’t believe in America. It is uncool to be American. It is bad to be better than someone due to your hard work. We don’t believe in ourselves.
In fact, I don’t think we believe in anything except fear and that government will fix everything (despite their track record).
I sure hope that 2010 brings in some new Conservatives into our government. Lord knows that a Constitutionalist like Ron Paul could use some company.