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I listened to Anchee Min's interview twice. I wholly appreciate what she has to say and completely agree with her. I'm sick of listening to people complain about dealing with the consequences of their actions, such as the price of gas, yet preferring a SUV to a gas efficient car, or house payments, when they bought a house they couldn't afford,... etc...
I believe that Americans are smart and creative, and that our "can-do" spirit is admirable. Yet, too many people believe they "deserve" things they can't afford. I recently moved from the Midwest to Southern CA - wow, what a change in values. I think both areas have positive and negative values, yet I'm proud of my parents for not giving me everything I wanted, not letting me come and go as I please, and for making sure I work for what I want.