Personal and Public Responsiblility
I am too 'soft' to be a bill collector. I learned this when applying for a job some years ago. The fact that I could state that I ABSOLUTELY would Not throw a single mom with kids out of her home on Christmas Eve (yep, that was the question and answer), meant that I would have to be considered for customer service, credit verification, or some other area. Just Not Tough Enough. I will take that valuation quite happily. With that said -
Please - If you bought a house you could not afford, if you have new cars, feel that it is your Right to buy the latest fashions from high end stores and go out to great restaurants, that is your right. Just don't come crying to me and asking me to bail you out because I will not be sympathetic at all to your plight
I did not do any of these things and it is not because I am (or think I am) some sort of economic guru or saint. My reason for living responsibly was so that I would not need to request help from others. I do not now want to bail out others who did not care to live as responsibly themselves.
There are enough people in this country who are trying their hardest to get by, to make ends meet who need help. I am frankly appalled by people who lived beyond their means when they had money enough to save, and now want to be bailed out. They are willing to point fingers at everyone except themselves
Is this a symptom of some ME generation type behavior? No. Is it limited to the "kids today" who think they have a right to all the new toys on the market? Again, no. This crosses all generations. It is a state of mind. I want it. I have a way to get it (credit). I will get it now, not later. When the bill comes due, I think some people are shocked that they are expected to pay real hard-earned dollars for what they got.
I have massive sympathy for those who bought what they could afford and were fiscally responsible, only to see the "true value" at the time fall until the new "true value" is an albatross of debt around their necks. (See albatross around the neck, millstone around the neck, concrete shoes, anything that is such a weight or burden that it is insupportable and literally drags a person down)
My concern increases for those who are in this situation and find it compounded by the loss of one or more incomes due to an economic landscape that causes businesses to topple like dominos. These are the people that have a true right to protest their situations. Those that I know are not protesting anything. Instead, they are doing what they need to to bring in money. They will keep at it as long as possible. The church, the community, friends, family, even government which is running job fairs and retraining workshops are all offering what help they can. If we are at a barter level for some basics, then so be it. We take care of each other.
We do not throw temper tantrums or whine. And we do not try to find a way to redraw the rules (laws) of the game so we can throw someone, anyone in jail just because we are having problems.
Now, I have a room that needs painting. Do you need your taxes done? If so, we have a deal.