Oddly enough, I hadn’t heard about the Karyn Bosnak controversy until recently. I don’t quite understand the level of animosity that seems to be directed at her, as reported by CNN. Is consumer debt in general shallow? Sure. Is $20k a lot of money? Hell yeah. However, it’s a free country and people are free to do what they want with their money. I’m not talking about Karyn, I’m talking about the people who sent her their hard-earned cash.

Consumer debt sucks. I know, I have my own. So does most of America, though granted, we don’t all have $20k worth. Some of my money decisions were bad, some were made out of desperation. I’m still trying to get through college, after all. I will freely admit that I’ve made my mistakes, and I’d be highly surprised if any of those critics were perfect.

If you’re going to berate Karyn, then you should include those who sent her money. After all, they could have given their money to the beggar on the corner, but they didn’t. Personally, I don’t give money to beggars. It’s not that I don’t empathize with them, but I live in a big city (Philadelphia) and get accosted way too often to be able to give handouts to everyone. A fellow student I once worked with said that he came from a small town and handed out like $20 in change the first week he was in the city. Besides, I hear the same stories way too many times to quite believe them. After all, how many guys can be bicycling around town trying to get their daughter’s asthma medicine? Or how many people can be walking up Lancaster Avenue asking for directions to a town 10 miles away?

My point is, these people made their money, they can give it to whomever they want. And, in fact, it is a gift, and therefore covered by the IRS rules therein.

Hate Karyn if you will. Encourage people to put their money elsewhere if you want. I’m sure you could convince some of them. But don’t wish her dead, or I hope that your karma speaks for itself.

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