Q&A with Helaine Olen, author of 'Pound Foolish'


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  • DonM Bountiful, UT
    May 1, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Rarely have I seen an author so off the mark as Olen. The liberal magazine The Atlantic did a much better job profiling Dave Ramsey in December 2009.

    I wonder if Olen would be equally critical of programs like Weight Watchers or Nutrasystems. They don't help everyone and they cost money, so should people stop using these proven weight loss programs? More than anything else, Ramsey is a behavioral change coach. He doesn't teach people anything about finances than they shouldn't already know. He teaches people how to permanently change behaviors so they have more savings, less debt, and a plan to save for retirement. It also results in better communication between spouses,fewer divorces and bankruptcies, and more charitable giving.

    Dave Ramsey has been immensely helpful to millions of families. I have the impression that Helaine Olen's book will be immensely helpful to proponents of Big Government passing more laws to control people.

  • Hoopty6 OGDEN, UT
    April 30, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    This book (she is not selling anything, remember) sounds like a bunch of fluff and self-promoting opinion. Quick, we need legislation to protect people from buying it...

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    When Helaine Olen can come up with a sentence like, "We kind of have this misnomer [sic] that people are spending their money.", and still acts like we should take her seriously leaves me gasping for breath at her amazing presumptuousness.

    My final analysis of her is of someone who is basically lamenting all the external forces that are economically pressuring people, "health care, followed by the usual fractured families, unemployment, sort of all of the plagues of the 21st century — economic plagues.", while lambasting the self-help "gurus" like Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman and David Bach who she explains are merely exploiting the desperation of people suffering under such pressure.

    She then concludes, without a single meaningful suggestion as to what people should do....except, perhaps, buy her latest book.