Friday, November 28, 2008

What's Your Corporate Jet?

Earlier this month, the three CEOs from Chrysler, Ford, and GM were summoned to Washington, D.C. to explain their situation and beg for some good ol' taxpayer cash. Three companies. Three jets. Three CEOs. Begging for cash. Three people. Three jets. Anyone else see a problem?

Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) really nailed the sentiment:
"There's a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hands," "It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high-hat and tuxedo. . . . I mean, couldn't you all have downgraded to first class or jet-pooled or something to get here?"
These big-three CEOs got in front of congress, whined and complained about how high expenses are, how much they're hurting, and how badly they need government money, all the while ignoring the ridiculous luxury expenditures they authorize and enjoy. This is an extreme example to be sure, but I'm willing to bet that we've all got a "corporate jet" in our own personal finances.

It's that one luxury item that we've started to take for granted. It's the expenditure that while expensive and unnecessary, we just don't give it up, even if money is tight. Maybe it's the satellite TV with premium channels that stays activated while you miss credit card payments. Maybe it's the high-dollar cell phone plan you maintain while you contemplate bankruptcy. Maybe it's the case of beer that's purchased while you struggle to buy groceries.

With tough economic times here for some, maybe it's time to evaluate your expenses and see what can be pared back or eliminated, before you start whining about your plight.

Harsh, but true.


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