Kristen Hunt, of Safety Harbor, Fla., [pictured above in her two car garage filled with gifts for her daughter] that she has bought for her daughter, McKenna. Because of the weak economy, Ms. Hunt is putting off buying a pair of designer jeans for herselfExcuse me while I vomit and repeatedly bang my head against the wall. Are you joking? Not even my nearly empty bank account has made me want to stay home this Friday - but this article sure does. That Kitchen-Aid mixer I really want from Costco (super sale with coupon) suddenly seems like a discount offering from the Devil himself and any money I (don't) have for that should immediately be donated to any number of charities or simply burried in the backyard for safekeeping as the End Times near.
We're a country that doesn't know the meaning of sacrifice. My generation, especially, has never been asked to give up a damn thing when things get difficult. I hope Obama finds a new way to spin JFK's Ask Not decree in a way to which we respond openly and with insane amounts of giving.
I can understand that, down the grafs of the article, there are significant worries: mothers' lowered self-spending imperils the fashion industry which trickles down and slams working class seamstresses, retail clerks, etc, especially hard. But the newsworthy aspects of the article can't rise above the really shameful lede.