“Hey, There’s a Bubble…”

Echoes of the 2008 Financial Crisis

Tyler Kirkpatrick
6 min readFeb 12, 2023
Source: Reddit

I recently watched a “Day in the Life of a Project Manager” video on TikTok. Her day was basically 20% meetings, 60% eating, and 20% walking around.

I understand that not every workday is the same. It wouldn’t be entertaining to film yourself sitting down and looking at spreadsheets for 2 hours. However, hundreds of similar videos show white-collar workers flexing their perks at work without including any of their responsibilities.

This phenomenon itself isn’t cause for alarm. But coupled with unaffordable housing, skyrocketing consumer debt, and an explosion of tech layoffs, it feels like something is about to burst.

When times are good and the money flows, people spend like there’s no tomorrow. It’s now fairly common to see $900 car payments on used vehicles. To Dave Ramsey’s horror, consumer credit card debt jumped 15% from the year before.

Even people with the financial responsibility to live within their means find themselves spending more, with egg prices doubling this past year and overall inflation topping out at 6.5% in 2022.

There is definite cause for alarm because everything is working against the average American’s favor. People are overextended with debt while possessing historically low savings, and…



Tyler Kirkpatrick

I write about politics, money, and my crippling video game addiction. Email: tkirkpatrick@smu.edu