She’ll never make it in politics

It’s interesting where wisdom turns up these days.  I imagine most people are by now aware of a reality TV phenomenon by the name of Honey Boo Boo.  Reality TV isn’t my cup of tea, but as a human on Earth with Internet access I am familiar with the basic premise of the show – it follows a family of rednecks whose matriarch takes one of her daughters to child beauty pageants.

I use the term rednecks in an endearing sense.  It seems reasonable to assume that the producers and a vast majority of Honey Boo Boo’s viewers would use that description interchangeably with white trash or idiots or Republicans.  The family has been the subject of much mockery from people who consider themselves better than the Boo Boos.  Which is a big reason I don’t watch reality TV.  I don’t need to revel in the imperfections of others to feel better about myself.  Nobody’s perfect, right?  Least of all your humble Baron.  I’m an idiot, which I know and freely admit.  Even used to keep a sign on my cube wall to remind me.

It always strikes me as odd how the types of people who align themselves with the statist left, those who claim they’re better than a conservative/libertarian knuckle-dragger like me because they really care about the less fortunate embrace the schadenfreude of reviling and belittling the less educated and less fortunate.

So I mentioned using the term redneck in an endearing sense.  I consider myself a bit of a redneck, albeit one who had the good fortune of being raised in a family that valued education and pushed me to get a useful undergraduate degree.  Fortunately for the Boo Boo kids, their mother seems to have the same wisdom:

Mama June Sets Up Trust Fund For Honey Boo Boo & Daughters

Honey Boo Boo is going to be just fine financially when she gets older, thanks to wise financial planning from Mama June.

The reality TV mother has revealed she siphons the majority of the family’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” earnings into trust funds for her daughters.

The family receives between $15,000 – $20,000 per episode, which is divided equally into accounts for Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 7; Lauryn, 12; Jessica, 15; Anna, 18, and baby Kaitlyn, the reality matriarch told TMZ.

The girls will not be able to access the funds for anything other then schooling medical emergencies until they reach the age of 21, June revealed.

“I want my kids to look back and say, ‘Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people,'” she told the website, adding that she never actually receives the money. “TLC puts the money into the girls’ trust accounts for me and then I get an e-mail telling me how much everyone gets.”

June said Sugarbear (Honey Boo Boo’s father) provides for the family by working as a contractor and no matter how much dough they rake in from their reality endeavors, they will never blow it all on material items.

“You’re never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes,” she said. “I’ll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means.”

I want Mama June as our next Treasury Secretary.  Oh sure, she may not know anything about macro economics or monetary policy but she does seem to understand one key fact that everyone in Washington seems perfectly happy to ignore – it’s foolish and irresponsible and damaging to your children’s futures to live above your means.

Seriously, would Barack Obama have the wisdom to put aside the short-term satisfaction of immediately spending an unexpected windfall for a long-term investment in America’s future?  He doesn’t even have the wisdom to put aside the short-term satisfaction of immediately spending borrowed money our children will be forced to pay back.

I commented on the Cracked article linked above, “Meh, they’ve still got more dignity and grace than a 30 year old Georgetown Law student playing the victim because no one wants to subsidize her birth control.”  It wasn’t a popular comment.  Now they’ve proven to have more wisdom and fiscal sense than President Obama.  Perhaps instead of laughing at at people scraping out a living and living within their means for being uneducated and ill-bred the folks making fun of Honey Boo Boo and family should step back and take a look at their own failings.

Sadly, it may not matter.  Our elite, educated rulers have knowingly set our nation on a course for financial ruin.  You get the government you deserve and we’re going to get it good and hard.  If you want to watch laughably ignorant people on a reality TV show I suggest C-Span.

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  • I’ve always wondered somewhat when I’ve seen ads for that show whether they were playing up the hickness to give folks who need someone to look down on a way for them to feel better. That’s all I concluded the show was for – “See? There’s someone more stupid than I am! I must be doing pretty well!”

    But this… Well, that kind of planning for the future bumps my estimation of her up a notch or two.

    Seems she’s got more sense than a lot of folks in Hollywood.

    • JWH

      Setting aside my skepticism regarding showbiz parents (below), this reminds me of Mujibur and Sirajul.

      When David Letterman first moved to CBS, he did a lot of filmed bits with his new studio’s neighbors, including Mujibur and Sirajul, a pair of Pakistani shopkeepers. A few folks raised a ruckus, saying that the two were pandering to stereotypes of South Asians.

      When somebody interviewed the two of them about this, they were dismissive. They said they were quite happy and didn’t care about the critics. Basically, working with Letterman meant that a) their business received a lot of publicity and b) they got to travel all over the US on Letterman’s dime.

  • GarandFan

    For sheer stupidity, you can’t beat the people responsible for TV programming.

  • JWH

    Honestly … I’ll believe it once Honey Boo Boo et. al. turn 18 and the money’s still there.

    • Well, I can understand you’re skeptical – we’re almost at the point where we expect the worst from people. Heaven knows we’ve had enough examples from reality shows.

      Guess the thing to remember is to not prejudge people, to wait and see how they act.

      • JWH

        Yes, JLaw, I do expect the worst from people. In this instance, I suppose it’s with some justification. There are plenty of examples out there of parents who took all their kids’ showbiz money for themselves and left the kids with nothing. California law has a lot of faults, but the California Child Actors Bill is a good thing … and it was passed precisely because of parents who drain away their kids’ showbiz income.

        • I was going to add in showbiz parents who leave their kids paupers, but figured just reality shows would do.

          I’m not disagreeing – there’s folks who, when given control of money that’s ‘theirs’, nominally, held for their kids who actually earned it, can’t avoid spending it like a drunken sailor.

          I’ll cross my fingers for this family, and hope they’ve got their heads screwed on straight as far as that goes.

          • JWH

            I hope they have their heads on straight, too. And I hope they keep that money in trust funds for their kids. I would like to believe they would … but I just don’t have that much faith in people to do the right thing these days.

          • herddog505

            JLawsonthere’s folks who, when given control of money that’s ‘theirs’, nominally, held for their kids who actually earned it, can’t avoid spending it like a drunken sailor.

            Look, it’s not that I disagree, but can we keep politics out of this?


          • LOL.

            “DC- The Ultimate Reality Show!”

  • DanMelson

    To all those mocking them: Can you demonstrate this level of financial responsibility?

    Didn’t think so.

  • DanMelson

    To all those mocking them: Can you demonstrate this level of financial responsibility?

    Didn’t think so.

  • Oh, so that is who Honey Boo Boo is. I thought that the name was that of a cartoon character on Adult Swim.