So our government is now a minimalist government, giving our hard-earned money to wherever it shows a profit. Alternatively, perhaps we the Scrooges of the world, the ones who won’t give Tiny Tim’s dad a day off to celebrate Christmas. The line is pretty damned thin.
noun1. a person who advocates or practices minimalism in art or music2. a person advocating minor or moderate reform in politics.adjective
1. relating to minimalism in art or music.2. advocating moderate political policies.
What is the difference between a minimalist and skinflint or cheapskate? Is there a difference? I live in a world where we suddenly can’t afford to give elderly people a hot meal, or hungry kids a hot lunch. Or medicine to poor people who are sick.
Maybe that’s minimalist. I think it’s just cheap. Twisted and sick beyond words. But hey, that’s me. I never minded paying a few more dollars so that people who needed help could get some. I never thought the idea of helping others was a bad thing.
skin·flint (noun) informal
- A person who spends as little money as possible; a miser;
- Synonyms: miser, penny-pincher, Scrooge, pinchpenny; and more
What do you think? Does our military actually need another $54 billion (is it billions)? I keep losing some of the zeroes on the dollars. You know, the military didn’t ask for all that money. I’m betting a lot of military guys would be happier knowing their elderly relatives will get a hot meal.
Lord knows, the guys in Washington get lots of hot meals. Every day. Big ones. The best medical care on earth. A salary that will never go away. Unlimited sick days.
I don’t see them giving their goodies away. Even in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge didn’t keep the goodies for himself. He lived the way he thought everyone should live. In a cold, empty house. Yet he was considered the ultimate miser. So what do we call our miser-in-chief?
So, when you get to thinking about what’s going on? Think:
Because that is us. You, me, everyone.
Where are those hideous ghosts when we really need them? Come back, Dickens. We have some work for you to do!