Thursday, October 09, 2008

not that I am bitter...


Link.

Yep, I need to get a couple of those T-shirts for my husband and me. You see, we've made very little money during our nine years of marriage, since he works for the Church. However, that was a sacrifice we were quite willing to make. So, we did our best to be responsible with the money we had. We saved, were frugal, and did without. We rarely bought any of the extras that most people take for granted. We bought a house, but it was a house we could afford: half a duplex in a small town 30 minutes away from where dh works. Sure, we wanted to live closer. And have a nicer house, as opposed to old military housing. And not share a wall with people who scream at each other and don't mow their lawn - ever. But we didn't have the money to do that, SO WE DIDN'T. All this time, we thought that we were being responsible, and using our money wisely. How silly of us. Apparently, we'd have been better off blowing money we didn't have and buying our dream house in a nice neighborhood within walking distance of dh's work, because thanks to stupid politicians, those people may not only get their fancy houses, they won't even have to pay the money that they owe for them. No, it's my husband and I - who only this year will even make enough money to have to pay federal taxes - who will be helping to pay for their irresponsibility.

Yes, I know that there are some people who can't pay their mortgage not because they were irresponsible, but due to a genuine crisis. Yes, I think they should be helped, but by the community, not the government. As for the average greedy Americans who bought McMansions they couldn't afford, maybe you should sell it and try living within your means. There are some duplexes for sale in my neighborhood if you'd like to move to the real world.

3 comments:

Marie said...

I hear you...

LLMom said...

Oh, yeah. You've got that right.

Durdge said...

Word. However, I would forgo fairness if societal collapse was the alternative. We all have to suffer (or be treated unfairly) because of the bad decisions of others. It's freaking crappy that there's a bunch of crooked wealthy folks in banking that are also benefiting from the bailout.