Allan, Very well said. The example should start from the top down in the governement and in the family.
Once again, we need an "economic reset" here. Maybe if we piss off China enough "who unknown to 99% of americans literally has our economy by the proverbial balls" and controls us like a puppet on strings this will happen sooner than later….
Others in this post say, I will be retracting my wishes when the hammer falls. Not so. I live a simple life and don't need anything else. I don't buy designer clothes to try to fit in with society and be a clone (hence the nickname contraman). Last time I checked, a polo tshirt and a walmart tshirt are both made of cotton. I won't pay $25.00 more for a logo of some dumb ass on a horse with a stick so I can fit into San Diego culture and be "cool".
To be honest, since I stopped growing about 15 years ago, I rarely even buy any clothes. Don't need them as I don't get caught up in fashion trends. A few pairs of pants and shirts suit me just fine.
I don't buy expensive watches because the timex I have had from 10 years ago that cost $25.00 and my buddies $20,000 yachtmaster serve the same purpose, they tell the time. If I lose it, I don't care, he lost his water skiing a few weeks ago. You think he is pissed and stressed?
My car is paid free and clear because I saved money and drove "less desirable" cars until I could ACTUALLY AFFORD the one I have. Stellar concept.
I have no consumer debt and I bought furniture along time ago as I could AFFORD IT and purchased most of it at Jerome's because a couch there vs. one at some fancy place serve the same purpose, me sitting on it. If my freinds don't like the style, they can by me a fancy one, or they can find someone else to be friends with, I am not going to get sucked into the debt vortex.
Don't need fancy TV's and anything else….I am content.
I don't need a NEW KITCHEN or a NEW CAR or any other material thing and have been saving since I was 15 and living a SIMPLE NON-MATERIALISTIC lifestyle.
This is why I say a reset of values is needed, because we are spoiled materialistic crybabies in this country who value the wrong things.
Young people should take 5 people to lunch within the next week who lived during the "Great Depression" and see how good we have it…and then visit a third world country for a month…..no clue…..