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9 of 10 Americans blame someone else...



April 09, 2008 – Comments (14)

for their economic insecurity.

Despite agreeing that it is harder to maintain a middle-class lifestyle, Americans do not agree on whom to blame for their plight. About a quarter blame the government, 15 percent blame the spiraling price of oil, 11 percent blame themselves and 8 percent blame foreign competition.

And we wonder why it's so easy to sell people a crummy loan that can sink them for life? Hey, everything's someone else's fault, so why shouldn't I get mine the easy way?!

I wonder if any politicians might, by any chance, seize on this grumbling in order to make a few campaign promises and right the wrongs...


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#1) On April 09, 2008 at 5:44 PM, ByrneShill (82.61) wrote:

You missed part of the survey:

About a quarter blame the government, 15 percent blame the spiraling price of oil, 11 percent blame themselves, 8 percent blame foreign competition, and 15 kool-aid drinking guys hidden in a shack somewhere in Utah blame naked short selling.

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#2) On April 09, 2008 at 5:46 PM, jared9473 (71.98) wrote:

that all seems reasonable, where did you find that information

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#3) On April 09, 2008 at 6:06 PM, LordZ wrote:

1 out of 10 blame it on people who post silly surveys....


The problem is 9 out of 10 can't manage to save up a pot to piss in.

Its so pathetic, that despite what people earn, they manage to spend. Never thinking that maybe one day they may need something to fall back upon.

Whats worse is the system discourages any type of safe savings and encourages people to borrow to become prosperous.

Gee if only every american could borrow a million dollars image how stimulated our economy would be, on a side observation there would be idiots broke the next week after getting their $$$$.

I love it...


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#4) On April 09, 2008 at 6:09 PM, LordZ wrote:

Then next month, when record default rate occur on the brilliant lets borrow every american 1 million dollars....

 SOme stupid politician would recommend that the US Gov somehow secure the debts and than refinance the million dollar borrowing and reloan 2 million dollars...

ANd so on and so on ....

 Anyone know the definition of insanity ?????


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#5) On April 09, 2008 at 6:26 PM, Imperial1964 (94.01) wrote:

It's not my fault 9 out of 10 Americans blame someone else ;)

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#6) On April 09, 2008 at 7:19 PM, mandrake66 (79.54) wrote:

9 out of 10 Americans blame the one guy who's undecided.

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#7) On April 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM, rjseattle (< 20) wrote:

9 out of 10 Americans don't understand the concept of blaming themselves.  The other 1 pays the bills.

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#8) On April 10, 2008 at 11:40 AM, FleaBagger (27.51) wrote:

It's sad that we've talked up democracy so much that the majority think it's okay to take from the responsible minority.

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#9) On April 10, 2008 at 3:58 PM, ValueIsValuable (89.59) wrote:

I, for one, blame TMFBent.

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#10) On April 11, 2008 at 1:55 PM, abitare (30.15) wrote:

My CAXG.OB pitch:

I followed TMFBent here.
I know nothing about narcotics.
No, seriously, I know nothing about manufacturing and marketing narcotics.




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#11) On April 11, 2008 at 3:59 PM, FleaBagger (27.51) wrote:

2 days with out a new blog entry, Seth? Are you dead? I hope you're not dead, because I'm frustrated enough with you just being in 11th (or 14th or whatever), instead of in the top 10. It just takes too many clicks (or too much typing) to get to your screen.

Speaking of which, I never use my favorites page, because it takes too many clicks, too.

I'm not as lazy as this comment makes me sound, I just use a really slow computer at work, and everything takes about 10-20 times as long as on a real computer, so those seconds (and even fractions of seconds) on your avg computer really add up on mine.

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#12) On April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM, jester112358 (28.22) wrote:

"Don't tax you don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!"  Old campaign slogan from the 1900s. 

Some things never change.

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#13) On April 26, 2008 at 9:50 PM, TheParadox (95.51) wrote:

Lord is correct.  On average, american's on average tend to saving about -1% of there total income... which means they may save some, but incur more debt (negative cash flow) than income.  By compassion, the rest of the world saves more in the range of 2-5%.  I blame society!!


But in perfect world... most advisors recommend saving 10%...

 Yea i would say its easy to blame someone else, but i think we as american's need to figure out there is more to life than you credit cards and your credit score.

 At sometime it was found unconsisitional to impose the federal income tax, but they created an amendment after the public voted thinking it was only be for the people that were wealthy, so it clearly has always been "not my fault, its that guys!!"

 good find. 

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#14) On April 30, 2008 at 8:13 PM, stockgripes (99.51) wrote:

I blame the government for this economic mess. When we go from surplus to deficit that is the sign something is not right. Instead of spending for our future economic prospects and development, we go out and start a war and start dumping our hard earn money.


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