African Americans have allowed themselves to be defined by the media as national ecomic dependents. Nothing is farther from the truth. We have a spending resource larger than most countries in the world. We had earned income (GDP) of $1 trillion in 2012. By comparison, that is larger than the GDP of Argentina, 483.5 billion; South Africa, 491.4 billion; and Poland, 463 billion. The problem is t how much we have. The problem is how we use it. We tend to spend our wealth on disposable items. We aren't poor. We are just bling-bling broke, and until we understand and appreciate the value of our financial resources, we will always lag behind in the quest for real wealth in America.