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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:47 PM
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I put a brand a new flat screen tv in every room in my house
I drive a Hummer, I'm upside down on the payments and spend hundreds on gas every month.

My credit card debt is always justifiable.

I live in the biggest house in my subdivision.

I put a brand a new flat screen tv in every room in my house. I make sure they are all hooked up to cable, with every premium channel package.

I buy my children all name brand clothes, and the newest technology. I make sure to replace these things as soon as they are no longer in style. Image and popularity are top priorities.

When we entertain, it's only with the top of the line name brand food and alcohol.

I am now going to protest at a "Tea Party". Why? Because our liberal government needs to stop wasteful spending and follow the fiscal conservatism that us the middle class practice every day at home.
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:49 PM
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1. Sounds about right.
I personally know people who fit that exact description.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:53 PM
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2. Thank God I don't.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:59 PM
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6. An old friend's parents inspired me
They just popped in my head while I was cleaning. Their "kids" are 27, 25 and 21 and not a damn one of them is even thinking about moving out. They have no reason too, their spoiled beyond belief.

My fiance and myself are in our late 20's and are starting to see some of peers drive themselves in debt just to fit this stupid image. :eyes:

Mom and step dad think of themselves as fiscally conservative, but luckily they practice what they preach. I always tell my mom she's too honest and non hypocritical to keep voting Republican, lol.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 05:03 PM
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29. My wifes' friend's hubby is spending himself into oblivion
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 05:04 PM by YOY
Can't get over the "don't buy shit you don't need" line.

Not a bad human being...just a lazy wasteful bastard. I know so many of them. All in trouble. All younger (Gen X or Y) self-described Republicans.
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Johnny Noshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:28 AM
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73. It took some time...
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 08:29 AM by Johnny Noshoes
but I finally learned the difference between need and want. Most of the things you think you want are not anything you can't live without. The things start to own you after a while. I don't live in a cave mind you but so much of what people think they "need" is just manufactured desire by the ad industry.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:43 AM
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76. What you wrote reminded me of this.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 05:22 PM
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31. Sometimes the parents are the problem not the children
Our parents brought us up to leave their homes. One of my friend's suggested to her son that his fiance move in their home because she has no plan for her son to leave home. He's 29 this year, has two Masters and a great job. The fiance also has a good job. Ma just won't let go of her beloved son.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:36 AM
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74. After HS, I could not wait to leave home
If I would have had to move back home to live with my parents, I might have killed myself. But then I come from a different generation, I'm 51.
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:43 AM
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84. Same here.
And in those days, once you left the nest, you knew not to ask Mom and Dad for a handout. You were on your own. But not all twenty-somethings today are living off the old folks. My son is 24, finishing his first year of grad school, after having worked two years. He got a scholarship and uses his savings for living expenses. I'm proud of his ethics.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:25 AM
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65. i'm pretty sure everyone knows someone who fits that description.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:55 PM
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3. Hahaaa! Point well made.
A belated welcome to DU, Tyler Generation!

:hi:
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:56 PM
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4. Are you the guy from that ad?
The one who says, "I send my kids to the best private
school ... Look at my new car ... And I'm in DEBT up
to my neck ... Please, HELP ME."

Hell, no ... I'm sorry -- I've basically had to become
a "non-consumer" for the past 5 years to pay off my
debt. It hasn't been fun -- I've been shrugged at for
using a "DEBIT" card at Bloomingdales (instead of the
Amex gold card I once had but lost) -- but I've done
it. Anyone else who has continued to conspicuously
consume doesn't get my sympathy in the least. On the
other hand, those who had good credit and got into
bad loans -- especially when they qualified for prime
loans -- DO deserve some assistance. It's (TRULY!)
called "personal responsiblity" but it doesn't excuse
CORPORATE PREDATORY LENDING.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:00 PM
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8. Haha, no
I do work in advertising when I'm not getting laid off though!
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:07 PM
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13. That ad was all over TV during a time when I was seriously in debt
and it ... sorry! ... cracked me up, because it
was SO true! Nobody wants anyone to know HOW
they manage that lifestyle ... I live in SoCal
and when I've gone to estate sales in Beverly
Hills, you'd be surprised at the condition of
the homes -- wallpaper/decor that hasn't been
changed since the '80s but the front of the
house -- like a movie set -- looks magnificent ...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:22 PM
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20. They don't sneer at debit cards at Bloomie's any more
After the past 2 years, they can't afford to look down their long blue noses at any form of money that comes their way.

All upper mid level merchandisers are the same.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:25 PM
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22. Why sneer at debit cards?
Using a debit card only proves that you can afford to pay cash and not have to charge it.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:27 PM
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23. They sneer because you're fucking up the illusion
These hypocritical Con-servatives have to have each others back! Spending money you actually have? Ha!
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 03:42 PM
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28. That's what I always thought
but I did have somebody in a local gallery sneer, "Is that a debit card?" like it was some sort of disease. I guess when all your usual customers are going into debt with cards named after various metals or minerals, you just don't get the fact that the person with the debit card is the person who really has money.
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Harry Monroe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:06 PM
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43. And I would have replied with: "Yes it is!! Goodbye!!"
If they're going to sneeze at essentially what is cold, hard cash, fuck 'em. They don't deserve your business.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 09:04 PM
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58. Well, I did introduce them to the Dowager Duchess
I usually keep her buried deep and only allow her out for such very special occasions.
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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 10:06 PM
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59. LOL! That's great! nt
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:53 AM
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77. The Dowager Duchess....OMG what an idea!!!
I wish I had cultivated one of my own years ago.

Like the time a friend and I were doing a bit of shopping in one of those sort of upscale stores in a mall-type place set in the middle of Smith College-ville.

We're looking around the store (where, BTW, the sizes don't go above a 0) and a snotty little rich girl clerk comes over to us and tells us...no lie!!!....that "The bargain basement is down those stairs". Like we're a couple of dirty fucking bums living on the street and we're walking around HER STORE just to stink up the place and drop cooties everywhere.

It reminded me of that scene from "Pretty Woman" where Julia Roberts' character is in the store getting grief from the salesperson because of the way she looks.

Anyway, Dowager Duchess no doubt would have had something salty to say in reply, although I don't know what, which is the problem because I always think of the good stuff long after the incident is over.

:cry:

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 12:54 PM
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92. The Dowager Duchess raises her (invisible) lorgnette
and peers through it at said sales person as though that person were something attached to her right shoe and says, "Excuse me?"

I came by my inner Dowager Duchess genetically, but that's a deep, dark secret since it destroys my left wing street cred.
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onlyadream Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:19 AM
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80. Oh Please...
when I come in contact with snooty sales people I just say to myself *their job is in retail sales...* That's enough for me to not feel as insecure as they try to make me feel.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 12:52 PM
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91. As I replied downthread
I just introduce them to my inner Dowager Duchess.

They rarely survive the meeting unscathed.
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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:08 PM
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93. I stopped at a farm market in central Jersey
They make THE BEST applesauce donuts.
I called my wife to see if I could spend the 6.75 it cost for a doz.
The old hag there actually said "you have to call for 6.75?, in a sneering tone.
I told her that "yes, I do call, you see we are just a couple of months away from the street since my wife lost her job"
She just gave me a blank stare.
I dont care how good the donuts are, I aint going back there again.
Just amazing, really, that it came out of her mouth.
This happened in Oct. and I'm STILL pissed off...
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:56 PM
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96. Even though it happened in Oct. I think you should contact the owner
and tell him what happened. I would have called management that day and I bet they would have given them to me free.

Remember she was only a cashier. She does not make much money either

Was the place in Monmouth County?

.
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:58 PM
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5. You're just one catastrophic illness away
from total financial collapse and bankruptcy, Mr. and Ms. Tea Party, but hey! Don't let reality intrude upon your fantasy. :eyes:
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wizstars Donating Member (792 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:46 AM
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72. Hoover: Prosperity is just around the corner (1929)...
wizstars: So is poverty (2009)




(Indict Bush--Hang Cheney!)
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kiesterbrau Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 01:59 PM
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7. Holy crap
You just described, to an uncanny tee, the precise mentality of the people that are so plentiful in Florida, and except for a few oases of humanity, always vote republican
and are nominally, again for the sake of appearances, loudly Christian. I had had to move away from that boob state in 2005 (after Bush got in for the second time) after 20 years
because I couldn't handle it any longer. I live in San Francisco now, am a bartender, pay way too much rent, and can breathe. Yeehaw.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:03 PM
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11. I live in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH
Across the river in Kentucky, so yeah that's about all we get up here. I can't wait till we move further down near Lexington or Louisville away from these midwestern suburbanite asshats.
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:04 AM
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86. Then I'm your neighbor.
Fortunately north of the sprawling, poorly built expensive subdivisions and the vast retail acreage that is Florence Y'all. Don't you just love Mitch McConnelland?
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byrok Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:30 PM
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38. Another twit Florida basher.
Good grief. Welcome to DU. I hope your future comments do not lump 17 million people in a ridiculous box, for the sake of taking you as a actual thinker. Its nice to read comments that add flavor to a conversation, without the disparaging remarks against a whole "boob" state.
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:28 PM
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50. It's true that not all Floridians are boobs.
But... It says a lot if you let David Caruso live there. :evilgrin:
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Rebubula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:09 AM
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67. well...
...it is hard to disagree with what he said.

He (could be a she...I always default to my own gender..) said people like that are 'plentiful' - not that all Floridians are like that.

Your knee jerk mentality will fit in well here....welcome to DU.
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flying_wahini Donating Member (856 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:05 AM
Response to Reply #38
87.  a little too touchy about that, don't you think?

"actual thinker"???? hmmm
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #38
97. As a fellow Floridian, sadly Florida bashing is a common sport for some. What can you say?
It's not our fault their state sucks. :P
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BreweryYardRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:38 PM
Response to Reply #38
101. Check your reading comprehension.
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 08:45 PM by BreweryYardRat
The guy said he was from Florida originally.

Hell, I live here too -- as soon as I can get out, I will.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:23 AM
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71. Welcome to DU!
Don't let the Florida boosters bring you down...

They're so tired of apologizing for the state
of their politics, it makes them cranky.

:hi:
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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:00 PM
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9. I don't want them to spend money
unless they spend it on meeeeeeeeeeeee!

I want, I want, I want.......


Mine! Mine! Mine!


All MINE!


AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW IT!




*sigh*


Shit...
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Diane R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:15 PM
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19. Wow. In a few short, succinct sentences you prefectly nailed every republican I know! Kudos.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:02 PM
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10. The cat's out of the bag, the genie is out of the bottle,
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 02:03 PM by rocktivity
the toothpaste is out of the tube, and the bell been has rung.

All of America knows who the REAL welfare queens are...

:headbang:
rocktivity
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sallylou666 Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:04 PM
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12. Hey, kid, get off my lawn!!!
It's easy to be flippant when you in your 20's. No responsibilities related to kids (I mean the real under age kids). Just wait until you get 40-50 and can't get insurance (even the crappy kind). It's a humbling experience.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:08 PM
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14. What kind of watch do you have?
I know someone who just bought a $4,000 watch. He showed it to me. I asked him what time it was. He told me. I said "Gee, my $20 watch says the exact same time. What does your do for the other $3,980?" I'm still waiting for the answer.

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:13 PM
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17. I'm still wearing the same $17 watch I bought 10 yrs ago at Target.
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 02:13 PM by kestrel91316
It has needed a few new batteries and wrist bands over the years, but otherwise runs just like it did the day I bought it. Before that I had a $130 Seiko for years, but I now consider THAT a silly waste of money. They couldn't even repair it the last time it died.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:25 PM
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21. My watch was maybe $50?
Not sure, it's really nice. My mom got it for me for Christmas a few years ago. My mom is the only actual fiscal conservative I know! Grew up far from poor, but still bought clothes off the bargain rack and ate the store brand foods.

When I became a teenager in the mid 90's I got into indie rock, so she was pretty damn happy from that point on I only waned clothes from thrift stores, lol.
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 06:32 PM
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32. I don't wear a watch
I feel so left out

:hippie: :headbang:
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:14 PM
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45. Yep...my cell phone suffices, but my g/f keeps trying to push me
to get a nice watch...not interested...I would rather spend the money on a nice vacation.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:09 PM
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35. jeezus h christ on a pogo stick!
I can't even imagine!

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Gemini Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 11:21 PM
Response to Reply #44
62. GMTA!
Exactly.
Actually for that sort of money it better give me more than one!
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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:20 AM
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89. More than one, and rub my shoulders, and tickle my
well, you get the picture.

Damn. I don't even wear a watch. Or any other sort of jewelry. I just don't have those sorts of needs.

I've had those "oh, a debit card" sorts of remarks thrown at me. But I'm enough of a suthren smartass to throw it back with "yes, I can actually afford to pay cash-money for what I'm buying". Oo, they don't like hearing that; disturbs their little fantasy-world.
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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:30 PM
Response to Reply #14
51. when the iphone came out,
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 08:31 PM by iamthebandfanman
i saw this guy i knew coming into a local grocery store playing with it...
he proceeded to show it off to all the ladies working at the checkouts (it was like the 2nd day of its release)...


what he didnt tell the ladies he was flirting with was, he had a baby that he rarely payed anything for (i knew the mother and over heard her trash talking him a few times about not paying child support and such)...

its amazing how vain and egotistical human beings can be no matter the circumstances.
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jhrobbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:34 PM
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52. It was never about telling time and both of you know it.
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:17 AM
Response to Reply #14
88. I have a $20 Garfield watch.
Given to me by my mother in 1988. Love it!

Nichomachus, your acquaintance's $4,000 watch reminds me of a neighbor last year, in her fifties like me and not particularly wealthy, who wanted me to accompany her down to some fancy hat shop in Louisville. Apparently, it's where women buy hats for the Derby. This woman was contemplating a $600 hat for Easter! Good God, y'all. I could remodel a room for that money. I told her I couldn't relate to that kind of expenditure and she has (fortunately) never invited me anywhere again.
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:08 PM
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15. Isn't America great!!!??????
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 02:12 PM by county worker
You don't get it. The government should stop spending so I have more money to buy all that shit you listed in the OP. (That's not my thinking but I think that is what freepers would tell you.)

I think that if you pay your fair share of taxes and if you can you contribute to the common good privately also, and don't tramp on others right to a clean environment and other rights, do you you want.

Or in other words, if you don't harm yourself or others do what you will.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:12 PM
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16. But do you have a flat screen on every wall of every room?
Are all windows covered by the screens?

Is the bubble you live in really complete?

;-)
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:13 PM
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18. God speed you great American
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:29 PM
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24. Well it's time to put an addition on the house
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:29 PM
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25. You live in a SUBDIVISION???
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 02:30 PM by Burma Jones
What a loser.......

What these Upper Class Wannabes don't get is that the Old Guard, the real Upper Class, does NOT go out of their way to impress anyone....couldn't care less about a 3 or 4% increase in their tax rate and wouldn't be caught dead near the sort of people that would attend a "Tea Party"
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 02:30 PM
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26. I bet that HUmmer's an H3. And those flat screens are shitty little 46ers.
***I*** have a real Hummer. Still has genuine Army mud on it.

We have 60" screens. Minimum. Bigger ones in the den and the Home Theater.

More bathrooms than bedrooms.



Peasant.

:sniff:
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:21 PM
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36. with that many bathrooms
one would think you'd be "Fresh As A Daisy The Clown"

I'm sorry I just could NOT resist. It was like I was taken over, mind and soul, by an evil force. An evil force compelling me to make really bad punnish posts. I should probably be punished for that.

*GAK* that evil force did it to me again. Sorry.

:evilgrin:

:hi:
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:40 PM
Response to Reply #26
55. My tractor can outpull your hummer.
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REACTIVATED IN CT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 03:04 PM
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27. You're a good Amurikan.
A true patriot.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 05:17 PM
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30. "Give Me Stuff Or Give Me Death!"
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 06:36 PM
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33. OMG! THAT's WAY COOL! You must live in my Neighborhood and belong to the Fundie Church down the
Street! :woohoo: for you! You obviously know how to live the GOOD LIFE. I bet you live and breath for all the Sports Teams and Bet on every Sports Pool Online with your fellow friends and Neighbors.

:eyes:
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:25 PM
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37. What IS it about Fundies that they're such sports nuts?
weird. I've sometimes thought it must be something related to aggression and repressed homosexuality, for the guys, anyway......
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:59 PM
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42. I love how screaming at the top of your lungs
Is socially acceptable in society if you're watching sports. People just love their teams sooooooooooo much, and are sooooooo much smarter then the coach.

Apparently every fat white guy in America would be a better coach then the people that are hired to do so.

I always thought it would be funny to go to a concert and yell at the band like a sports fan. 'WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, IT GOES A HALF STEP DOWN TO A WHOLE STEP DOWN, GODDAMN IDIOT!"
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:18 PM
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46. I know - who cares?
It is not like those doing the screaming are even playing! You want the right to scream? Get in the trenches and be a part of the action!
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Oak2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:20 PM
Response to Reply #42
47. You sure you weren't at the gig my band played in Boulder around '78?? :-)
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 08:23 PM by Oak2004
I was the bassist you just missed with your empty beer bottle ;)
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:40 PM
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56. I was busy in 1978
Not being born for 3 more years! ;)
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:40 PM
Response to Reply #42
54. yeah, they're so much smarter...than everyone.
yeesh! :eyes:
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:22 AM
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90. I scream my head off
I played sports when I could and am competitive - I know the stereotyping is fun, but I feel like I'm a second class citizen now for being a Red Sox & Patriots fan.
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 04:50 PM
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98. You are a second class citizen for liking the Red Sox and Patriots...
..Yankee and Giants fan here, but not all obsessed.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:58 PM
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99. lol
Always a wise guy in DU to give me a hard time :D
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 06:57 PM
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34. Willie is that you? You sound like my brother IL. n/t
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relayerbob Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:47 PM
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39. Yeah, well teabag this!
;->
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TwixVoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:55 PM
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40. It is unfortunate
you are going to get attacked by so many people who see themselves in your words.
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 07:58 PM
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41. And my heaven will be a big heaven; and I will walk through the front door...
"Big Time" Peter Gabriel

suc cess

I'm on my way, I'm making it
I've giot to make it show, yeah
so much larger than life
I'M going to watch it growing

the place where I come from is a small town
they think so small
they use small words
-but not me
I'm smarter than that
I worked it out
I've been stretching my mouth
to let those big words come right out

I've had enough, I'm getting out
to the city, the big big city
I'll be a big noise with all the big boys
there's so much stuff I will own
and I will pray to a big god
as I kneel in the big church

big time
I'm on my way-I'm making it
big time big time
I've got to make it show yeah
big time big time
so much larger than life
big time
I'm going to watch it growing
big time

my parties all have big names
and I greet them with the widest smile
tell them how my life is one big adventure
and always they're amazed
when I show them round my house, to my bed
I had it made like a mountain range
with a snow-white pillow for my big fat head
and my heaven will be a big heaven
and I will walk through the front door

big time
I'm on my way-I'm making it
big time big time
I've got to make it show-yeah
big time big time
so much larger than life
I'm going to watch it growing
big time big time
my car is getting bigger
big time
my house is getting bigger
big time
my eyes are getting bigger
big time
and my mouth
big time
my belly is getting bigger
big time
and my bank account
big time
look at my circumstance
big time
and the bulge in my big big big big big big big

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Summermoondancer Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:23 PM
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48. the Jonesdisease
competing with the Jonesfamily gets a lot of people in trouble. Having a few luxury items are fine but not everything. We dont have the biggest house in the neighborhood and we dont have the biggest house amongst our friends. However, we are about the only ones who are not on the verge of losing everything now. Why? when we bought we made sure it was a mortgage that just one of our incomes could pay, we based it on the lowest income of the two. We have a used car that is great economically and a new Nissan pickup. We did buy the Nissan Titan, but it has ethanol flex system and we use E85. We bought it because amongst trucks in its class it had the best mileage and was a flex system, it was also made in the USA. However, we can justify a big vehicle like that because our profession demands a large vehicle and we keep the small one for in town stuff like grocery shopping. While our mortgage is low we can still afford gas, groceries, and taxes..and we are enjoying ourselves while our friends are about to lose their homes. My husband thanked me the other day for not letting him buy a house with a 2k a month mortgage even when he begged.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:24 PM
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49. Loser.
We've got one in the doghouse, the garage and one on the roof.

Post again once you get off welfare, you commie.

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whoopingcrone Donating Member (92 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:45 AM
Response to Reply #49
85. colbert,.. you're my best comment winner
with love from the Welfare Crone, with NO tv, no cellphone, no kids or grandkids still at home
and paying for all the caviar i can eat with my food stamps.
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:36 PM
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53. Personal vs. Public
I don't care how wastefully YOU spend YOUR money.

I do care how wastefully YOU spend MY money.

Any Republican who isn't blinded by Bush Love has to admit that applies to the Republican politicians equally as well as the current crop of Democratic politicians.
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pitchforksandtorches Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 08:41 PM
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57. ME TOO! I put a brand a new flat screen tv in every room in my house
and I only vote for American Idol!!!!
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Not Sure Donating Member (334 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 10:56 PM
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60. You must be posting from DFW... lol
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Mnpaul Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 11:09 PM
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61. George Bush sez
Go Shopping - one flatscreen per room is not enough!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfs6wpjlu28
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EmilyAnne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 11:23 PM
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63. But, the most important thing you forgot to mention is the number of "support the troops" stickers
you have.

That is the true indication of character.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:16 AM
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79. And IMO the vast majority of them are from people who have NOT served in the Military.
It's so easy to send the "working poor" to go fight the wars because their heartache and continuing trauma don't reflect in your "Perfect GOP World." :thumbsdown:
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:38 AM
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64. A straw man argument ...
... rather than focusing on the more obvious irony that those protesting are again being led by the nose by the very people who supported and pushed the deregulation that created the clusterf**k from which we must now extricate ourselves.

There's nothing that indicates that those protesting are profligate spenders, but you can bet that 75% or more have been toeing the Right Wing "unfettered free market", deregulation line for the better part of the last 30 years.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:30 AM
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68. yes, right
Conservatives are continually exploited simply by changing the focus of their prejudices. It's convenient to see them as a type, ie. the mindless consumer in a big house with a hummer.

Actually those big spenders are NOT the ones we really need to fear, deplorable as they may be. They are too busy out spending. But the image works to throw liberals off. The people really working against us are not that easy to spot on the surface.


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twitomy Donating Member (756 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:36 PM
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95. Yes, I dont care for broad brushes..
Most of my business is with "small farmers" in the red states. You know, the ones who DONT get the ag subsidies. They pay in cash. I never need to see the money up front as they are always good for it..Most of these people are conservative, and not rich. Might not like their politics,
but they are good customers..

Sorry if I burst anyones preconceived notions...
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chemp Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:30 AM
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66. you described my brother-in-law
Wife beating control freak who did not see it coming when my sister kicked his ass to the curb.
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livefreest Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:00 AM
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69. You couldn't make more sense! Nice to hear there still are a few
Bush-style patriots around.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:04 AM
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70. It's funny how all of the taxophobe "libertarians" were nowhere to be seen
when Bewsh practically doubled the National Debt on truly wasteful spending on things like the "Waronterr" or "corporate bailouts" or "tax cuts for the wealthy". Funny how I don't recall ANY "Tea Parties" for those instances of "borrow and waste".

Or maybe it's just a bunch of stupid fucking whiteys who hate black people and Democrats and mask it with "sudden concern with how our tax dollars are spent".
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tinkerbell41 Donating Member (722 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:43 AM
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75. Tried to live below my means
Looked at like a freak! 1999 I was a newly divorced, single mom. Had my modest ranch home for a year, needed a new car. I went in to dealer to purchase was wearing a coat that was about 8yrs old and pretty bad in the style dept, when I reported my income the finance manager looked me up and down and said YOU MAKE THIS MUCH MONEY???? (and you look like a vagrant and you're buying the entry level car with a negotiation from the Credit Union??) Anyway,that is the LOOK I got. I guess
I felt strange, but I just needed a car that could get us there and back without breaking down.
I have always tried to be frugal, and I never cared about what the Jones next door had. In fact I always brag about how cheap I can be. The last 8 yrs have been terrible I have only worked maybe 4 years in the last 8,because of my industry, and I have managed to hang on to my house and get my daughter to college.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:09 AM
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78. Good for you!
The next door neighbor woman, also a stay at home mom, drives a new Mercedes SUV while I'm happy maintaining our 14 y.o. Honda Van. Our teenager has already been a little poisoned at the more upscale H.S. and is asking for "a new car." I informed her that we might work something out when she graduates from H.S. but until then, "old faithful" (the 14 y.o. van) is HERS to learn and achieve her license from. She's learned to be "ok" with that but mostly because her cream puff dad will probably give her the 2003 Honda as "her own" instead.

Yes, we also must teach our children to be patient and NOT over-spend. The very first BRAND NEW (not used) car I ever owned is the still functional 14 y.o. Van. in our driveway. Every moral person should want their children to have life "better" than the last generation. However, IMO, in order to be happy and somewhat content throughout life, one should STRIVE to "live their paycheck." :shrug:
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tinkerbell41 Donating Member (722 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:27 AM
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81. Agreed!!
I guess i would rather live knowing I COULD have those things but choose not to. I am the worry wart of the family, but am the happiest. My brother and uncle haven't missed a day of work 2 incomes in both families, big flat panel tv's, big monster SUV's, restored classic car, hot tub,
pool table, vacations every year and everytime I see them all they do is complain, how bad the economy is, how they will NEVER have anything, how worried they are about their jobs!! Telling this to someone who has been out of work since August, I feel sorry that they can be so miserable
when they have so much to be happy about.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:33 AM
Response to Reply #81
82. Yes, it cracks me up in a funny way that the people who seeming "have the most NEW stuff" are
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 09:33 AM by ShortnFiery
always complaining about barely making ends meet. :eyes:

There must be a few brain synapses that fail to connect? I have a good idea as to WHY they're always in debt. :-)
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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:18 PM
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94. Standing on a corner downtown Chicago waiting for my ride in a tired old coat...

... with my long, stringy hair, a woman pulls out a dollar bill and hands it to me.

Another man might have told her his salary just broke into 6 figures last year.

Another man might have told her about his 160 acre farm.

Another man might have told her about the 80 acre classified forest and wildlife habitat he owns and maintains.

Another man might have told her about the house that is almost paid for.

Another man might have told her about the apartment he rents out for $1700/month.


What I told her was, "another two dollars would buy me a beer?"


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BreweryYardRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:33 PM
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100. Heh.
Points for style, but...

A better man might have told her to give the dollar to someone who needed it more.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:38 AM
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83. My name is Elmer J. Fudd ...I own a mansion and a yacht. Now stop steaming up my glasses.
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