I will not pretend that I understand it all. I am not a politician; I make an honest living like so many of us. I read the news, sadly lots of it doesn’t make any sense. Maybe I am not smart enough to see the bigger picture or perhaps too smart to be fooled easily.
Millions, Billions even Trillions -numbers are being thrown around like candy at a parade. So much debt and there is more too come. It is frightening. All of us, big or small, rich or poor, we need to pay more taxes to control our debt, but that’s not whats going to happen -at least not officially. Instead, we all get a tax break and once again, my head is spinning when I try to understand.
“No, no we all need to pay more,” I want to shout, but who would listen?
What if we in our everyday life would act like that?
Fictional conversation with my husband:
“Honey, we are broke, we can’t pay our bills anymore. Pretty much every credit card we own is maxed out and our income only covers the interest,” he informs me and I stare at him with shock.
“Goodness, we need to start saving money. Let’s sit down and figure out a plan.” I say but he shakes his head.
“I just ordered us a new car and a new TV set. Also, we will give a big party at the end of the months, and we will give everybody who will attend a present.”
“Are you out of your mind,” I scream and he just laughs.
“Honey, we are broke already, what do we care. We might as well go down with a roar,” he explains and I can’t help but wonder if he has lost his mind.
“We need to get a second and third job and make more money, cut down on spending and give up on things we don’t really need.” I try to convince him but he won’t listen.
“I don’t want everybody to now that we are broke, it would worry people. We will pretend to be fine to the very end,” he insists and I make a silent promise to myself to get money stashed away for the bad times after the big party.
When I read and listen to the news right now, I feel the same way. Time to stash away money for the bad times that I fear will visit us again. More saving, less spending in our family. I remember the last recession too well!
Too many families got hurt. I know, we felt it.