Color me cynical, but how can I feel sorry for these folks profiled in the Wall Street Journal?
I am prepared to be sympathetic to anyone laid off during the past two years, but when I read that many of them didn't cut back a bit on their lifestyle because they thought the job loss was temporary, it makes me want to scream.
If the job loss is anticipated to be temporary, then why not TEMPORARILY CUT BACK ON EXPENSES????
Why would you continue to spend even on a temporary basis, knowing that you'd have to make it all up later?
And once you've been unemployed for several months, wouldn't that be a clue that getting another position might not be as easy as it looks?
What's up with turning down jobs because one wants something better? Heck, we all want something better, even folks like me who love the work we're currently doing.
It strikes me that many of these people feel ENTITLED. Entitled to make a large salary. Entitled to own fancy and expensive vehicles. Entitled to keep using credit cards when no income is on the horizon. In general, they feel entitled to enjoy the lifestyle they once had even if the economic realities should be telling them otherwise.
Sorry, but Grace just doesn't have more compassion to give to these folks who mourn the loss of their BMW's, not when I see the working classes engaged in a struggle to survive.