A sad tale of selfishness

Contributed by Shell Suber

SAD STORY 1

After years of living beyond their means, a couple found themselves smothered in credit card debt and began to argue bitterly about who was to blame. Desperate, they sought advice of a debt counselor who, after a series of fact finding meetings, returned his recommendations which included the elimination of all discretionary spending and a painful reduction in their standard of living. Unfortunately, the couple took this news badly and turned on the counselor and each other.

In the end, they lacked the discipline to overcome the selfishness and delusion that got them into debt in the first place.

A sad tale, but too often, this is what happens to foolish, self-centered, stupid people.

SAD STORY 2

After decades of spending far more than was being collected, a country found themselves crippled by debt while politicians argued about which political party was more at fault. Desperate, they formed a panel of experts from different parties who, after a series of fact finding meetings, returned their recommendations which included the elimination of much of the spending and a painful reduction in the size, scope and services of government. Unfortunately, the people took this news badly and groups ranging from the AFL-CIO to the Tea Party turned on the panel and each other.

In the end, they lacked the discipline to overcome the selfishness and delusion that got them into debt in the first place.

A sad tale, but too often, this is what happens to foolish, self-centered, stupid people.

Read more at:

USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-11-10-federal-savings-social-security_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703805004575607691377554472.html?mod=WSJ_article_related

The State:

http://www.thestate.com/2010/11/10/1555600/with-social-security-proposal.html

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