Everyday the news, the stocks, our moms, and the guy at the metro stop tells us how terrible the economy is. Yes, it sucks. You could name one thousand and one reasons why it is so awful and how much it has impacted not only the United States, but the world. The economic wrath is not messing around.
I am here to give you the silver lining. The one thing in this garbage dump of a situation that makes is a little easier to handle. Best. Excuse. Ever.
Let me give you some examples:
DC police department calls your house for the four hundredth time asking about a donation. Your reply: I'm sorry, due to the economy we are not donating this year.
Contracts who have given you bids calls to check on your decision. Your reply: I'm sorry, due to the economy we are holding off on that project.
Someone comes to door to get you to buy (magazines, candy, whatever...). You say: Not this year (and then you give them the look that says: Bad economy ya know?).
The point. There is no comeback. There is no debating with this. What are they going to say? It is the end of the line with that reply.
The bad part is that it's true. But fending off solicitors with a few words to which there are no sales pitch rebuttal makes it all a little better.