Or... Pardon Me, While I Rant
This was MSNBC's idea of a worthy headline last night. Apparently racial slurs, sexist comments, and harsh remarks about Muslim extremists are a big *No, no.* Fine. But what makes it perfectly OKay to debase and ridicule renters?
Do you know what a deadbeat is? A flake? Someone who blows-off responsibilities? A shirker? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong again. We are deadbeats, because we pay our credit bills every month. It's the term thrown around in credit and banking circles for anyone trying to do their level best to keep their finances in order.
Prudence, thrift, savings and work have become dirty words in our society. Look around. How many casinos are within a two hour drive of your home? How many television shows are based on throwing yourself at the public to be ridiculed, in hopes of winning big money. How many times have I uttered the phrase, "When I win the lotto...____?" Hey, I still want to win the lottery. I don't play, but I want to win. But winning and games of chance are not a game plan for life, they are not the road to success and happiness. More and more I hear anecdotes that imply, or simply state, that work is for chumps. Work is for suckers who couldn't find the easy way. Quick real estate money. Quick stock money. Inheritance. Or how about credit? That's easy money, right? Home equity loans. Apply for a store credit card and save 10% today. The message is: If you aren't feeling the instant gratification, you're working too hard.
I'm not a financial expert or money wizard, but I can plainly see inflation is on the rise. The government may not agree, but then again fuel and food are not part of the calculation when they are determining whether we are in inflationary times. Are your grocery bills smaller than last year's? Mine aren't. I know fuel prices aren't stable either. But remember, there is no inflation, so long as we can get into Wal-Mart and by $4 flip flops from China.
As for those "Bottom Feeders," those are people who have chosen to save and wait, renting their homes, until the housing market eases up. I cringe and feel like the lowest caste of our "classless society" when I think of all the crappy connotations in 'bottom feeder.' Lowlifes, bums, bottom wrung, losers, shiftless, ignorant, leaches... did I leave any out? MSNBC wants the world to know that renting is for bottom feeders and that we are just wasting our time by not joining the ranks of sub-prime borrowers and families up to their eyeballs in credit card and mortgage debt. They've consulted their experts: “In general, it is very difficult to time the market,” said Raphael Bostic, associate director of the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate, so they must be right, right? Not.
When did news become so shallow and incredible? MSNBC, check your sources please. Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate is the baby of the real estate industry. This center of *economic wisdom and vision* is funded by realtors. So, MSNBC is consulting the very industry that profits from its own propaganda and misinformation. Gee, let's ask Phillip Morris if smoking is OKay, and use their answer as expert evidence in a news article castigating non-smokers and praising the pack-a-day crowd. How about we let Burger Guy write a health column in school newspapers; they can be the experts on diet and nutrition.
You can't believe everything that's printed... I used to hope that some news agencies were at least somewhat credible, but this article, and too many like it, is hype and tripe, made to look like front page news, when it actually belongs on the editorial page or in some realtor's ad, next to his glamor shot.