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Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by technovelist » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:10 pm

"Coronavirus Survey Reveals Americans in Debt, Not Saving or Investing Ahead of Outbreak"
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by dualstow » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:13 pm

After 9/11, I read an article, probably in the New York Times. The author said that he was a long-time ant (saver) and that his friends had been grasshoppers (spendthrifts). The whole point of his op-ed was that maybe it’s good to be a grasshopper. I was mad.
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by vnatale » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:20 pm

dualstow wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:13 pm
After 9/11, I read an article, probably in the New York Times. The author said that he was a long-time ant (saver) and that his friends had been grasshoppers (spendthrifts). The whole point of his op-ed was that maybe it’s good to be a grasshopper. I was mad.
I recognized long ago that our financial system is set up to cater to the spendthrift and penalize the saver.

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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:38 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:20 pm
dualstow wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:13 pm
After 9/11, I read an article, probably in the New York Times. The author said that he was a long-time ant (saver) and that his friends had been grasshoppers (spendthrifts). The whole point of his op-ed was that maybe it’s good to be a grasshopper. I was mad.
I recognized long ago that our financial system is set up to cater to the spendthrift and penalize the saver.

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Yes, that's why people who spend all of their money have better lives than those that save it.
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by technovelist » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:50 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:38 pm
vnatale wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:20 pm
dualstow wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:13 pm
After 9/11, I read an article, probably in the New York Times. The author said that he was a long-time ant (saver) and that his friends had been grasshoppers (spendthrifts). The whole point of his op-ed was that maybe it’s good to be a grasshopper. I was mad.
I recognized long ago that our financial system is set up to cater to the spendthrift and penalize the saver.

Vinny
Yes, that's why people who spend all of their money have better lives than those that save it.
That is not my experience. The people I know who spend all of their money have a good time until they run into any trouble at all; then they get frantic.
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:58 pm

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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by vnatale » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:01 pm

technovelist wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:50 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:38 pm
vnatale wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:20 pm
dualstow wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:13 pm
After 9/11, I read an article, probably in the New York Times. The author said that he was a long-time ant (saver) and that his friends had been grasshoppers (spendthrifts). The whole point of his op-ed was that maybe it’s good to be a grasshopper. I was mad.
I recognized long ago that our financial system is set up to cater to the spendthrift and penalize the saver.

Vinny
Yes, that's why people who spend all of their money have better lives than those that save it.
That is not my experience. The people I know who spend all of their money have a good time until they run into any trouble at all; then they get frantic.
You took the words out of my fingers! And, they suffer far more stress! Many times constant stress over $$$$!

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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by Maddy » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 am

What's more, the ant who prudently stocks up for a "rainy day" over the course of a decade or more (typically driving a 20-year-old car while his grasshopper neighbor pulls into the driveway with a brand new, decked out truck) is vilified for being a "hoarder."
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by dualstow » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:36 am

Maddy wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 am
What's more, the ant who prudently stocks up for a "rainy day" over the course of a decade or more (typically driving a 20-year-old car while his grasshopper neighbor pulls into the driveway with a brand new, decked out truck) is vilified for being a "hoarder."
It is funny how that works. Inevitably, the grasshopper asks the “greedy” ant for a loan. The grasshopper didn’t save because “I’m not obsessed with money. There’s more to life.” (Like spending!) — not a personal anecdote, but it happened to my friend.
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by vnatale » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:44 am

Maddy wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 am
What's more, the ant who prudently stocks up for a "rainy day" over the course of a decade or more (typically driving a 20-year-old car while his grasshopper neighbor pulls into the driveway with a brand new, decked out truck) is vilified for being a "hoarder."
I assume that just by virtue of people having joined this forum that it would be overwhelmingly composed of "ants" over "grasshopper"? I am the ultimate ant!

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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by technovelist » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:45 am

dualstow wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:36 am
Maddy wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 am
What's more, the ant who prudently stocks up for a "rainy day" over the course of a decade or more (typically driving a 20-year-old car while his grasshopper neighbor pulls into the driveway with a brand new, decked out truck) is vilified for being a "hoarder."
It is funny how that works. Inevitably, the grasshopper asks the “greedy” ant for a loan. The grasshopper didn’t save because “I’m not obsessed with money. There’s more to life.” (Like spending!) — not a personal anecdote, but it happened to my friend.
Yes, that is very common.
Fortunately I've been spared that for the most part.
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Re: Not the Onion or the Babylon Bee

Post by technovelist » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:45 am

vnatale wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:44 am
Maddy wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 am
What's more, the ant who prudently stocks up for a "rainy day" over the course of a decade or more (typically driving a 20-year-old car while his grasshopper neighbor pulls into the driveway with a brand new, decked out truck) is vilified for being a "hoarder."
I assume that just by virtue of people having joined this forum that it would be overwhelmingly composed of "ants" over "grasshopper"? I am the ultimate ant!

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I would imagine so.
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