Over at the Guardian
, Kirsten Hansen has a piece discussing the lavish excesses of the overpriced-wedding industry
, where $50,000 for a one-day party isn't unheard-of. I have nothing bad to say about the wedding industry, however; I fully encourage the growth of a profession based on persuading middle-class people to spend upwards of a whole year's post-tax take-home pay -- three or four percent of their entire adult professional lifetime earnings
-- on a single day's party, because I believe letting fools keep hold of their money is a sin.
I also believe buying $300 sneakers for your still-growing child's feet is a very intelligent and well-thought-out thing to do, especially if you're a low-income parent wondering why you can't seem to ever get ahead in life.