Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

February 4, 2010

Are We Going to Learn?

Yesterday was my overdo trip to the barber to see if I still had ears. Apparently I do as I overheard one of the local realtors and a banker (I think) talking about the effects of the recession on the community  specifically and the country in general. It appears that 25% of all mortgages are in arrears by more than 90 days. This was mind boggling to me, and I got some very tired brain cells and synapses working overtime trying to figure out this question. "What are we going to learn from this recession and how are we going to change? Or are we going to change?" I guess that  is actually three questions, not one.If 25% of all home owners are facing repossession, are those people going to sit back, assess what they have done, and change? Or are they going to start the run on materialism once the economy turns? Are we as a nation going to learn? Or repeat the same mistakes over and over again? Credit is easy, repayment is difficult. A  loan of $5000 on a credit card will take something like 35 years to repay when making the minimum payment. Will the banks still push people further into debt by encouraging more "easy" loans?Will we still eagerly accept 0 down and 30 years to pay?
I knew a couple of folks that got through the Great Depression by living on snared rabbits. They learned! it took one fellow about three years and lots of haggling to wear down the dealer before buying a car. He would then drive it for 10 years. Here we have people sinking $70,000 into pick up trucks that will be down to half value in a couple of years. Probably the worst investment that a person will ever make!

Will we learn? Or continue as before? What do you think?

Wow, are my few remaining brain cells tired now!


LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

My vote is continue to repeat mistakes. :)

I'm glad you still have ears! :)

I am my husbands barber... he hates it when I say "ooops".... ahhaha :-)

Melodie said...

I think the general public and politicians and banks are wanting and planning on things to go right back to the way they were.It is a handful of insightful people who see the danger in this,most saw it coming in the first place!

Ruralrose said...

I too am mystified by this blind stupidity, I write about it in my book. My husband thinks everything has to collapse so something new can be built. Great post Ian. Peace

Texan said...

Sadly I am not sure the lesson was learned...and as much as I am usually a very positive person. I wonder, are we done learning yet? Are we really climbing out of this recession? mmm I am not so sure I am convinced of that. The things that got us here certainly have not been fixed in my humble opinion.

I hope everyone doesn't get yet another chance at learning that lesson and it comes in a even bigger package... hopefully it won't but mmm I am not convinced of this...