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You KNOW who is to blame

We KNOW who is to blame for the US Economic crisis...

My dear friend, Charlie Ray, a member of Red Room and a very distinguished person in his own right, wrote an item regarding the currect financial meltdown in the US and attempted to point out "Who is to blame."

As usual, Charlie hit the nail right on the head.

As an American who has been living and working overseas for the better part of 30 years, I have the opportunity to see the forest through the trees, which is almost impossible for people actually living in the US and in the heat of the moment.

To pick up further on what Charlie was saying, it is my opinion that not only do people feel entitled to things that they haven't worked for and probably do not deserve, they also refuse to "accept responsibility for their own actions and decisions."

As a golf professional, I am bound by this simple logic - nobody put a gun to your head and said "slice the ball into the trees." You did it yourself, so accept that fact and deal with it.

As a Jew, we are brought up with the notion that we weere born with an empty slate and we write on it through our actions. And that is what we will be judged upon when the game is over. In my personal situation, I hope G-d has a great sense of humor and is a kind and belevolent G-d...because I can try almost anyone's patience.

The America of my parents is not the America of today. They sacrificed to make sure I had every possible opportunity to succeed, but the rest was up to me. Parents today don't do this as they are too caught up in the pursuit of their own desires, which is a great example of why the country is so screwed up nowadays.

Kids need boundaries and guidance. We cannot simply expect them to "do as I say, not as I do."

Parents need to lead by example and forsake their own desires until the kids are old enough to move out of the house and start their own families. Then its time for Club Med or that world cruise you always wanted, but not before.

Charlie mentioned that he learned many lessons from his grandmother. Having known Charlie for many years, I wish I had the opportunity to meet his grandmother, because she taught him well. Charlie then taught his own children the same lessons and they turned out pretty well indeed. I too will passsimilar lessons on to my children.

So, what does this have to do with the current economic crisis?

Plenty.

Whenever you forsake sound moral principles for limited short-term gain, you lose. Its pure and simple.

Unfortunately, far too many people have done just this and listened to the siren call and went off in search of a free lunch, which we all know doesn't exist. Sooner or later, the bill will come due and must be paid one way or another.

We have all been taught that greed and avarice are sins, yet most people forget this the moment a free-lunch is offered. It appears to me that we would all be far better off by trying to live within our means, employ some common sense...

And accept responsibility for our actions.