National Spending Day - May 15th, 2009

7:20 PM

National Spending Day was an idea inspired by the history of "Ides of May" which is when Julius Caesar was assasinated on March 15th 44 BC. A time period when the Romans came together to fight back against tyranny, leading to Julius Caesar being stabbed to death.

On the same day, March 15, 2009 James P. Lamb, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker who holds a Masters at the City University of New York (CUNY), created a website named "Ides of May" along with a small group of concerned American Citizens. The website overlooks the same historical event of the assasination of Julius Caesar and applied it to our economic battle that America is dealing with. They want to "assasinate" the recession by spending money on May 15th, 2009 to help level the economy. They believe that if everyone spends together on this day, no matter the cost, it will help in any way. Whether it is as small as purchasing coffee at the coffee shop or purchasing a new outfit at the mall...every penny counts.

James P. Lamb says, "Present-day economists agree that Americans are in a state of fear. They cannot sit back and wait for President Obama and Congress to fix the current economic crisis. Americans need to fight back and conquer their own fears....Americans are acting as if they are being held captive in an economic concentration camp. Well, isn't it time we break out? The only way we're getting out of this consumer-driven recession is if citizens step up and fight back. If there's anyone who needs to "Beware", it's the recession itself. Because this IS war and we're coming for you. We're taking back our economy... ourselves."

You can read more about this on their website that they created

The website shows quotes by beloved past presidents, such as:

"It's not what your country can do for you. It's what you can do for your country."
- President John F. Kennedy

"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."
- President Frank D. Roosevelt

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