Anyone with kids, or who was a kid since 1960 has probably heard of the Berenstain Bears. This family of charming bears (Papa Bear makes chairs in his wood shop, Mama Bear cooks and cleans and Brother and Sister Bear haven’t aged in 45 years, like Bart Simpson) live in Bear Country and in each book deals with a pressing issue for the family.
Friends. Talking to Strangers, Fear of the Dark. It’s like Happy Days and the Waltons all wrapped up in a Disney-like setting (comfortable, safe, geared to kids).
One of my favorites is called “The Berenstain Bears Get The Gimmes.” In this book, Brother and Sister Bear (each in Elementary School at best) are consumed with having everything that they see. Toys. Games. Candy. You name it.
It sounds a lot like American consumers today. New Car. Bigger House. Exotic Vacations. Electronics and “toys” for adults. Unlimited “stuff” for kids. Does this ring a bell?
This is how we got into this financial mess today. So, how do we get out? In the Berenstain Bear book, Papa and Mama Bear have to put their foot down and stop the spending.
Can we, the people, do this? Because Papa and Mama Government don’t seem likely to do so.
My thanks to Jared for his blog post on the Economics of Sim City which inspired this rambling.
More to come.