About politics, politicians, economy, and national issues affecting your family? With the start of the new school year upon us; I have been explaining the three branches of the national government to our boys. It is a very hard thing to explain to a child why Mommie and Daddy are really paying attention to the new hot topic about the economy, national budget, and unprofessional antics of our elected leaders.
I firmly remember growing up in Southern California during the national gas crisis. I remember when K-Mart, Wal-mart, and Target was a dirty word and only those preceived to be poor had to shop there. I rightly remember grocery shopping with my single-parent mom; who could not fill her cart with anything other than: rice, beans, sugar, flour, pasta, Koolaide, white bread, hamburger meat, bologna, and no fresh produce other than bananas.
I firmly believe as a parent the reason we as a country have gotten into the economic mess we are facing now is our leaders are still using a credit card to pay another bill. Our economy while complex is quite simple; the United States has a spending problem.
So this week, I have been having firm discussions with our boys about the necessity of living well within our means. However, it will be a tough go for us because we really do not spend on frivalous things like: prepared foods, eating out, entertainment, vacations, clothing, games, or other luxury items. We also depend on our government to honor my military retirement and healthcare. My husband is a government employee facing the possibility of being cut from his job. The rest of this year we as a family will be looking for more ways to stretch our already limited budget.
I am going to have a hard time though explaining why Mr. Obama just held a birthday dinner in which the plates cost 35.8K when our family's meal was rice, carne guisada, and beans for less than $3 for the entire meal..... Just saying