The Hay Say’s Economic Plan: Shoes, TV and Porn

6 Jan

Businesses are going bankrupt.  People are losing their jobs.   The stock markets are plummeting.  What is the most logical thing I should do?

People are asking themselves that question every day.  Most people seem to be coming up with the same response…freak out!  Lock your doors!  Hide your money under the mattress!  Yet it seems like just a few months ago when people were feeling good about their financial situations.  Now all of a sudden they think they will not spend a dime?

What I think we should be doing, however, is the complete opposite.  Spend, Spend everything, all you have, just go buy things.

Let’s see if the person I’m about to describe, sounds a little like you.  You are a 20 something, college graduate.  You have a decent apartment in a trendy neighborhood in DC or the surrounding area.  You have a job that you might not love, but that will get you the experience you need to find that job that you do love.  You know that all businesses are struggling, but that your company will probably make it through without any major set backs.  Or better yet, you work for the government and know that no job is more secure than a government job (unless you work for a republican).  You may have some college debt, or need to pay off a few bills from recent purchases, but you are probably not in any major debt.  That sound familiar?

So what are you scared of?  I mean, other people, or even ourselves, in our same situations just a year ago, were spending like there is no tomorrow.  The more scared we are, the less we are going to spend.  The less we spend, the more businesses will go bankrupt and the more people will lose their jobs!  The way to save the US financial crisis is not in big government bailouts (although I think they are helping), it is in your wallet!

If there was ever a time to upgrade to a larger TV, get that Playboy subscription you have been dreaming about for years, buy a bottle of Makers instead of Old Crow, purchase those new shoes that have been staring you down every time you walk past the store window, or take the ski trip you didn’t think you would make this year, NOW IS THE TIME!

Every time I walk past a store I see things on sale, restaurant special prices are better than ever, and airlines are finally producing cheaper tickets.  You can get more bang for your buck now than you ever will, or at least until the next economic crisis, so take advantage of it!  Taking advantage of this prime opportunity to spend is the only way we will get ourselves out of this mess.

So when you buy those shoes or order that subscription, consider it a service to your fellow world residents.  In a way, it is.

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