Fiscal Responsibility

Posted on March 5, 2010


Occasionally I have the bug to watch something truly ridiculous, and recently it was the Colbert Report that scratched that itch.  The episode in question aired on March 2, 2010, and featured a website that seemed a bit too silly to be real:

Go on — click it.  You know you want to.  I’ll wait…

Seriously?  Yes, seriously.

Sure, I’ve got a problem with the government telling us how to spend our money, but I have just as much of a problem with people being so stupid as to think that credit agencies have their best interests at heart.  Bull.

There has to be a balance of education (external instruction) and experience (personal learning).  People should be allowed to make mistakes.  Companies should be prevented from running obvious scams.  Parents should instruct their children in how to be fiscally responsible.

So this is where it all comes down: parental involvement.  Parents should be active in their children’s lives in regard to everything.  There is no issue that a parent should avoid when raising their child.

So to all those parents (and would be parents), all I’m saying is: be the example of fiscal responsibility.  Spend your money wisely and tell your children how to do the same.  When they hear it from you and see you do it, they’ll be more inclined to learn a lifestyle that will help prevent problems in the future.  Naturally I don’t think that a handful of families doing things the right way will change the country, but I’m not advocating that kind of change.  Sometimes it’s more appropriate for us to do what we can to make things better for us, and let that example inspire people to do the same.