I’ve been blogging for a good seven years now, and I’ve never — not even close — received anything like the amount of positive feedback that I got today for my blog entry on Suze Orman. I clearly touched a nerve, in a good way, and I’ve been wondering a bit about what exactly that nerve is.
My best guess is that just most people in this country care deeply about someone who has an unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship with money and credit, to the degree that it hurts not only themselves but also those around them.
We’re currently suffering the aftermath of the most torrid debt bubble the world has ever seen, and as a result the number of people struggling with financial ill-health is at an all-time high. These people need a doctor, not just a stimulus package. And Suze Orman, no matter how annoying you might find her, is one of very, very few people who are able to turn up with a Gladstone bag, diagnose the problem, and prescribe a cure. Maybe it’s not so hard to see why there’s a lot of gratitude right now for anybody with that kind of vocation.