If I have to watch one more “buy your wife or husband a new car for Christmas” TV commercial, I am going to be sick! To make this even more ludicrous, these are not low-cost cars, they are Mercedes, BMW and Acura just to name a few. I just watched an ad for Jaguar, not a cheap car! I believe I know a lot of people and I do not remember any of them ever buying a car as a Christmas gift, maybe buying it around the Christmas season to take advantage of one of the many end of the year sales, but not on a Christmas whim. Just in case you are unaware, cars are very expensive! Most of these ads are for cars in the $60,000 to $80,000 class, which in my book is a lot of money.
Since I am on the subject of TV ads, let me mention a few more pet peeves. I’ll bet 90% of the ads on TV are by drug companies, insurance companies and car companies. This is simple math, it takes lots of money to advertise on TV which means these companies have to make lots of money! Of these adds, probably half of them are by pharmaceutical companies which I place in my “evil guys” classification group. This is a limited group made up of companies like Monsanto, BP and Phillip Morris to name a few that are on my despicable companies list.
OK, let me get back to my point. Christmas is a time of giving, sharing and helping your fellow-man, not time to buy an $80,000 car so that the neighbors think you are rich. If you can afford an expensive car then maybe you should be sharing some of your wealth with the less fortunate. Only in this country could a company be so out of touch with the reality of the majority of Americans that it thinks Christmas is a time for buying a luxury car. Maybe I am missing some point, possibly there are lots of rich people out there who can afford to buy an expensive car as a Christmas gift. Since the monthly payments on these cars are in the $600-$1000 range, not including taxes and insurance, I know that my meager budget could in no way support a payment of that size. Maybe it is my geographic location that does not allow me to observe the rich and the famous buying luxury cars at Christmas. In order to observe this behavior I guess I will have to move to one of those exclusive gated communities in the suburbs of Washington DC and watch the upper class drive in and out of the gate with their Jaguars and such, trying to impress everyone.
I think I can safely say that Santa is not impressed with fancy cars and neither am I. I know I am rambling a little bit in this article but somehow I must help people understand that the decadence that permeates our society is detrimental to the future of our country. Life is not about things, even though things sometimes make it seem that way. Driving around in a new expensive car is sort of fun but quickly becomes just another vehicle over time. The depth of greed is so pervasive that the damage to several generations may be irreversible. The inevitable conclusion of this mentality is a total collapse of the ecosystem of this planet and the end of our financial system as we know it. Yes, our greed will lead to the end of life as we know it.
So, HO, HO, HO, have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and go easy on the presents.