I was watching a story on the news the other night about the economy and Christmas. The correspondent interviewed customers in a store, and one of the interviews struck me. The youngish, apparently working class mother told the reporter: “I spent a thousand dollars less on Christmas this year.” A THOUSAND LESS? I was shocked. Maybe she has thirteen brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, all with children–okay. But my sense of it was that was not the case.
I like buying, and I spend during the holidays– I don’t mean to be a Grinch. But Americans need to get a grip. I think all this started with Ronald Reagan (one of my favorite people to blame for a lot of things). The GOP would re-elect him if they could. I bet someone is looking into that as we speak.