Cents and Sensibility

By Janet Walgren
An old Marine Corp Commandant once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” Well, I half agree and half disagree with his statement especially when it comes to money. What you don’t know about money can hurt you, and what you know about money that just ain’t so only makes matters worse. When politicians and the FED talk about money, their cents don’t add up to sensibility.

Imagine not knowing how to tread water. If you fell into a swimming pool without a life vest, you would probably drown. If you did know how to tread water, and you fell into a swimming pool, your chances for survival would improve significantly…agreed? Well it depends on whether the swimming pool was in your back yard or on the deck of the Titanic. Knowing how to tread water (or even being an Olympic swimmer) wouldn’t help you survive if you were in a pool on a sinking ship.

Knowing how to earn money, even very large amounts of money, will not make you rich if your money boat leaks. You have to stop the leaks. Our [America’s] money boat is taking on water. The bottom of our boat is riddled with holes. If we don’t immediately demand fiscal responsibility and good money management practices from our government, our collective and individual  money boats are going to sink just like the Titanic! 

The government can change laws, print money, raise taxes and sell bonds. They can issue guarantees backed by a powerful printing press and reduced interest rates on your savings, but all these measures just add more holes in the bottom of our financial boat. We need to stop treading water in the pool on the deck of a sinking ship. We need to begin the hard work of patching the holes in the bottom of our money boat before the hole takes on Titanic proportions. We need to demand fiscal responsibility from our politicians. We need to demand sensibility with our collective cents.


3 Responses to Cents and Sensibility

  1. connie says:

    Thinking about the current “money” situation sometimes just takes my breath away!
    Our prophets have warned us time and again to have food storage and emergency plans. I think of my grandchildren and what will be left for them.

    I popped over from Jayne’s blog Mom’s Musings. I was very impressed reading your “About” section. You have certainly lived life to the fullest and show no sign of slowing down. Good for You! What a great example you are, somedays I need a little more motivation than others! Thank you.

  2. seo writer says:

    The post kind of helped me. Well How you get ideas for such posts. sorry if it’s out of topic.

  3. Thanks Seo. I’m glad it helped you.

    My ideas come from pondering life. How is story or situation X like …? Everything has a lesson attached. Just look for the lesson, contrast or comparrison. Listen to differing points of view and don’t get all your information from one source or people in the same paradigm.

    Happy pondering:)

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