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No $ For Health – We Spent It All On Death

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

My Guest Essay (Democrat & Chronicle) September 22, 2003

I grew up in Upstate New York in the 1950’s and it was a wonderful time.  My father had an average paying job and my mother never had to work outside the home.Although our family had five children, we owned our own house and car and never really lacked for anything. Actually, we were considered fairly well off by many in our small town.

However, like kids today, we wanted everything television told us we “needed.” Maybe it was the newest English bike or an autographed superstar baseball glove or the latest Barbie doll. Whatever it was, we pleaded the case before our parents who always listened very politely and then usually said, “sorry, we can’t afford it.”

And that was the end of the discussion. There was no need to babble on about the outstanding merits of the purchase or the fact we would be the worst dorks in the universe if we didn’t have the items, we just couldn’t afford them and that was that. Read more: