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.