Look out, everybody, a rich guy has opinions about what the rest of us should do with our money. Today, it’s Dave Ramsey, Evangelical Christian and failed businessman-turned-radio-show-host, who spends most of his days telling people what to do with their money on “The Dave Ramsey Show,” one of the top ten most listened to radio shows/podcasts in the U.S.
He also has a Twitter account, regrettably. And if you’re paying off debt, he thinks the only time you should be in a restaurant is if you’re serving people with more money than you.
If you're working on paying off debt, the only time you should see the inside of a restaurant is if you're working there.— Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey) February 17, 2020
Ramsey posted this on Monday without follow-up and the ratio is pretty rough. Nearly 900 people have jumped in to comment that most people in the U.S. today have some form of debt and we would like to sometimes have fun. Also, we don’t want all of our favorite local restaurants to go out of business, which is what would happen if everyone with debt stopped going out to eat.
It’s unclear whether Ramsey means all restaurants or if he’s even aware that restaurants exist where you can go and drop less than $20 per person on a decent meal or whether he or the people defending him have ever felt the crushing weight of debt and real financial stress. Sometimes you just need a meal that you didn’t make yourself.
But do treat yourself, y’all. Restrict the unnecessary but after a quarter of doing so and thriving. Take that profit and go enjoy something grand. Big wins with a big reward will keep you accountable; do it right and it’s a mood booster too
— Dustin Massey🧢🧬📸 (@_dmstudios) February 17, 2020
Ramsey’s sentiment is part of a long tradition of people who have money treating the issue of poverty as though it’s 100 percent the fault of the poor. They must be spending all their money on frivolous things like the occasional trip to Applebee’s and clothes that don’t look like they came directly out of the dumpster.
Dave’s advice summed up “Live like a college student for 10 years after college, drive a mythical $1000 car that will never break down, and lose all social interaction until you can pay back the system that’s crushing you in the first place
— Brandon Freihage (@G4CBrandon) February 17, 2020
It isn’t enough for people to struggle financially. They have to be miserable, too. It’s important for virtuous people to rub the noses of struggling folks in their pain and not let them come up for air. Empathy is for weaks. Punish the poors!🙄
— Drown Capitalism in a Bathtub🌹 (@ArghAndBlast) February 18, 2020
Dave how about instead of criticizing and shaming poor people for eating out every once in awhile you criticize the economic system that traps people in debt. You know, like in the Bible.
— Conner Bill (@Kullervo1979) February 17, 2020
The Bible spends more time giving rules to those who lend money than those who borrow it, so those of us who are Christian should maybe do the same.
But most of the Biblical advice about owning debt is “forgive it,” and that’s harder to build a christian capitalist empire on.
— Lura Groen (@lura_groen) February 17, 2020
You, if people actually followed your awful advice: “Are millennials killing off the restaurant industry????”
— Fuzzy Bear (@Ingres_Model) February 18, 2020
But also tell us again how we’re destroying the economy by not spending?
— Christina Grimwade (@Chr1stinaG) February 18, 2020
Also, if you’re working on paying off debt, the only time you should wear a new pair of pants is if they’ve fallen off and your new ones were weaved from gum wrappers you found in the dumpster.
— Komrad Iron (@Komrad_Iron) February 17, 2020
it’s like capitalists WANT the economy to collapse
— Turn left (@AmyDentata) February 18, 2020
Hey Dave, how many thousands of Americans could you free from medical debt with your $55 million net worth? Then they could afford to get a 2 for $20 at Chili’s
— Cornelius Van Chill (@ThatGambrellGuy) February 17, 2020
HEY LOOK EVERYONE!!!
I FOUND THE ONE GUY ON EARTH WHO IS DEBT FREE!!!
CONGRATULATIONS DAVE, ENJOY ALL THE RESTAURANTS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS WORKING AT.
— Konstantine Anthony (@KonstantineinCA) February 18, 2020
Remember, folks, mental breakdowns are expensive. They cost a lot more than the occasional trip to Joe’s Cafe.