We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here at Maggie's, we are convinced that a degree of financial security is a more meaningful goal than retirement. At the same time, we seem to feel that a miserly life is a sterile one and that life without skiing and boating is a wasted one. There's a balance somewhere. Even if you have some bucks in the bank, picking and choosing expenditures carefully on their life/family enhancement makes sense. In those cases, we like spending a lot to make it great and memorable. Penny-wise and adventure foolish.
I believe in creating great memories to enjoy when I'm over the hill.
I have fantasies about winning the lottery every now again. My fantasies don't involve how I'd spend it all, but how thrifty I would still be in order to make that money grow. How wonderful it would be to have no financial worries myself in order to give as much as I could to charities I believe in.
Too bad many of the wealthy and semi-wealthy are more interested in buying brand new luxury vehicles (I haven't bought a new car since 2000), houses with pricey granite countertops and massive soapstone stoves they'll never use, and a crazy amount of electronics they replace every year.
If these people invested wisely and lived below their means, they could retire early or donate to worthy causes. So sad to see so much money wasted on junk.
"the rich" didn't get to be "rich" by overspending, running up 10+ maxed out credit cards, etc.etc..
They became "rich" by being judicious in the way they spend their money (inherited wealth excluded, but most people who inherit it only to piss it away don't stay "rich" for long).
Of course "the 99%" want to make it appear as if "the rich" are gluttonous monsters eating the wealth of the nation over the backs of the proletariat and still have billions in savings that are regenerated rapidly enough that you can steal whatever you like for as long as you like and the eternal well never runs dry.