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    There Is No Such Thing As Greed

    By kyle | March 29, 2009

    In my Sunday column I point out that there’s nothing unseemly or immoral about wanting more — therefore, there is no such thing as greed. Now that the Obama administration is on record as stating that there should be more greed, maybe my viewpoint is catching on.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Economics, Philosophy, Politics | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “There Is No Such Thing As Greed”

    1. kishke Says:
      March 29th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

      Remind me, how much was Michelle making at her job before her salary was so conveniently raised? 120K? Was it greedy for her to want the 316K when it was (so conveniently) offered?

    2. Richard Rescigno Says:
      March 30th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

      Greed is the desire for the pursuit of money, wealth, power, food, or other possessions, especially when this denies the same goods to others.
      I think this definition from Wikipedia is more accurate. I think there are many people who take particular pleasure in having things that others do not. In some cases they will go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that they have exclusive access to the
      goods and services that people desire. Some people just have an unhealthy selfish greed that can only be satisfied when they are in a powerful dominating position that allows them to showcase their superiority over others. This kind of greed is intolerable.
      However, I do believe that desire and competition is what makes this country great.
      The competitive nature of humans has put us at the top of the food/resource chain.
      What seems to be missing in modern society is the good sportsmanship I learned as a child. Too many people are focused on winning, regardless of cost or morality.
      When people see this attitude and lack of conscience from those who have been successful, I think we regrettably suffer from trickle down morality. Our sports heroes, economic and political leaders all illustrate these ideas to us daily. Get what you can, any way you can, until you get caught. Then just say you’re sorry and check into the nearest rehab. Never take personal responsibility or return your ill gotten gains unless forced to
      under penalty of jail. I think it’s great to want more. I want and expect more from my fellow Americans.