Saving for What Culture

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Saving for What Culture

April 4, 2016 | Gunner Steele

What are you saving for?

If you want to know where a society is headed, you just have to look at the cultural differences between the adults and the youth.

In America today, many call the younger generation "millennials." And then of course, there's always teenagers and college kids to add to the young people category.

And its truly fascinating to identify the differences in thinking between them all. Beyond tastes and opinions in fashion, music, art, morals, religion, and politics, is the difference in opinion regarding economics, enterprise, and personal finances.

Today, all you have to do to see what I'm talking about is to try to explain the concept of saving money to young people. You see, adults understand that money should not be spent—it should be saved. Period. Simple as that.

And the basic principle of amassing wealth is to consume (spend) less than you produce (earn). Economics 101, people.

Saving money creates capital which is then used to expand economic opportunities for yourself, for your family, and for others—thereby allowing your money to work for you instead of you always working for money. I know, I know—what a novel concept!

This thinking was one of the cultural bedrocks of American society that ultimately produced the wealthiest country in the history of mankind. Yup, in America, we used to save our money. We took care of ourselves. We were independent. We didn't need government "safety nets," because we were our own safety nets.

Like Phil Robertson once said on Duck Dynasty, "Where I live, I am 911." In other words, I'm self-sufficient and when I'm in trouble, or if there's an emergency, I take care of myself and my family.

But not anymore. Try it out for yourself. Ask someone under 40 how much money they have saved. Or tell them that you are saving your money and see what they say.

Here's the most common response, "Saving for what?"

They just don't get it. They have been indoctrinated from the time they were knee-high to a grasshopper to spend all the money they earn, and then some. They go into debt as soon as possible and spend the rest of their lives subsisting off of meager wages, paying off debt, never advancing their own skill-sets, while constantly demanding more.

Now, they are demanding a $15 minimum wage. Fine. Let em have it. Watch unemployment rates SKYROCKET and living conditions drop. Its not a livable wage anyway. And nobody deserves a "livable wage" in the first place. This will simply force more people onto the government dole, meaning the government has more power and control over our lives, and will then be required to take (i.e. steal) money away from producers to give to those who didn't take care of themselves.

And what gives you the right to take money away from someone else? Whether the government takes it first before giving it to you, it doesn't make any less a form of robbery. Its theft. Legal plunder.

And you know why they are stuck penniless, living check to check, feeling pressured to demand more from the government (since they can't earn more on their own)? Because they never learned to save money. Their inability to save money drives every single one of their actions and decisions in life. From how they live, to where they live, to who they live with.

But when you ask them about saving money, they're still going to respond, "Save for what?"

Welcome to America 2016.

Until next Monday, I'm yours in Freedom,
Gunner Steele
The Freedom Man

P.S. I know last week I said that this week's message would be about #1 life decision that Americans are making that is destroying their health and their happiness. And I said I would share it with you so that you could be sure to avoid it. But I decided to today's letter first, and then next week I'll tell you about that bad life decision. It will make more sense after what we discussed today.
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