Tuesday, January 25, 2011

roots of evil

as I get older I have come to the realization that I am horrible with money. I knew this when I was younger too, I will however now admit it, to myself and the world. Now comes the time when I try and fix this. The easiest way would be to get Doc to let me borrow the Delorian, return to spring of 2003 and slap the shit out of myself for buying a new car. thats 350 a month that could have been put into a savings account. however hind sight is 20/20 and I cannot fix past mistakes, only learn from them.

Having these economic problems on my mind daily I have come to think about money as my mind drifts into day dreams. Today I saw some kids getting out of school and I thought of the low pay that a public school teacher gets (they do get the benefit of summers off so many of them will supplement income during those 2 months) but I for one am an advocate of a more European Education system and don't believe our students should have 2 months off every year ( a topic for later). I then thought of all of the cuts in the education system lately, Bus routes, teachers, arts and music, languages, sports. all of this directly relates to us as citizens in our own school districts. we vote on the levy's or raises in taxes, and when they don't pass cuts have to be made.

I turn now to our sick and disgusting habit of spending money on things we do not need to sustain life: booze, cigs, big tv's, fast food, bigger tv's, new cell phones(I am very guilty of this one in particular), gas for our suburbans, anything apple makes and the list goes on and on and on. check this out though. are we not the same people who complain about another raise in taxes? vote no on issues that will give our children a better education and supply more jobs to people who need them. but heaven help us if we dont have 270 HD channels, a pack of cigs so we can "socially" smoke them while we drop an 80.00 tab + tip over the weekend and a vacation every march!

this was my thought process in the matter of about 60 seconds. I feel our spending habits directly effect the drop in the public education system. because we are not looking at the big picture... don't make me spell it out. ok I will... smart and talented kids = better job opportunities = more income for them = better retirement for us. (and that is the SELFISH way to look at it). How about the positives? Kids off the streets, less crime, more small businesses, more jobs so on and so on.

Is it not time we all start to re-prioritize our spending? I will be the first to admit to all of you. I'm the worst. THE WORST. so take it from me, i'm not throwing stones, just yearning for a movement in all of us. I'll do my best, but there is a WOOT OFF today. Shit! maybe I'll start tomorrow.


  1. If you ever want to talk about personal finances, let me know. I also have a few books I could lend you.

  2. I have many leather-bound books.