A message for rich people: “Spend your money!”

Buy American wine. Drink it on your American yacht. Read Forbes for instructions on how to spend your money. Eat American caviar. Stuff hundreds into tip jars when you go get coffee. Read the “Most Expensive” blog for ideas on how to support the economy. We’ve got to keep our economy going, and since you richies have over 70% of the wealth in this country, it’s time to pitch in. You people are always going on about how great firefighters were in NY on 9/11, here’s your chance to be a hero, and it’s easier than running into a burning building.

In case you’re wondering what the hell I’m going on about, I just finished reading The Great Crash. It’s an excellent book. One of the things mentioned is the unequal distribution of wealth in the 1920s. When the economy started going south, rich people stopped spending money on trivial shit. Unfortunately, “rich people spending money on trivial shit” was a portion of the economy.

Once again, we’ve got an unequal distribution of wealth. And an economic crisis. Although there are differences, ultimately, we need to get money moving through the economy.

So, if you’re feeling stressed about your 401K, perhaps you’d like a massage. Don’t forget to tip your masseuse, so they can go out to dinner and support another set of workers, who will in turn consume more goods and services. Aren’t spending multipliers awesome?

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