Main Street Greed

Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security.


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Aren’t these functions of a kind of greed? And doesn’t a special kind of greed—the greed for power and position and approval—motivate those who write and sign laws that create these programs? Isn’t it this same greed for power and approval that keeps politicians promising more programs, more spending, more services? Programs like “free” health care to ease the burdens on the middle class (and increase government dependency), “free” prescriptions to make life easier (and cheaper) for senior citizens, “free” college education, the list goes on.

But back to our conscience-in-chief. Outsourcing is another bogeyman of Obama’s crusade against “the breathtaking greed of a few.” He bemoans how “even higher-skilled jobs…can be outsourced to countries like China or India,” and how “if you’re somebody whose job can be done cheaper by a computer or someone in another country, you don’t have a lot of leverage with your employer when it comes to asking for better wages or better benefits, especially since fewer Americans today are part of a union.”

There it is again: some faceless, greedy employer outsourcing work to pocket more for himself.

In fact, outsourcing is what companies do when the cost of doing something off-site is cheaper and/or more efficient than the cost of doing it in-house. It’s no different than what those of us who live on Main Street do when we send out our dry-cleaning, go to the drive-through for dinner, take our cars to the car wash or hire an exterminator. The vast majority of us are capable of cleaning our own laundry, making our own meals, washing our cars and killing pests. But it’s either cheaper or easier (or both) to pay someone else to do it.

Does that make us greedy or smart? If it’s the latter, why is it wrong for an employer to make the same decision based on the same calculus?

In short, Wall Street and bankers and employers and management and CEOs and “They” don’t have a monopoly on greed. Virtually everyone wants more. Virtually no one would rather save for a house, sacrifice for an education, settle for a clunker or defer to tomorrow what we want today. Virtually everyone would rather get something for nothing—or at least pay less for that something. Virtually no one is ever satisfied. That’s human nature.

Given that President Obama believes government can do and solve everything, it’s no surprise that he believes government can fix this problem of the human condition. But the reality is that it’s not a president’s place or job to determine whose greed is OK and whose is unacceptable.

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  • StephenD

    “…it’s no surprise that he believes government can fix this problem of the human condition.”

    So when it hits the fan, and we all don’t form single file lines, he’ll have to resort, as they all have throughout history, to his storm troopers.
    When we can’t find any incentive to produce and the public trough dries up, how else can you be made to keep producing more than what you need for “redistribution?” Why, at the end of a bayonet of course!

  • LindaRivera

    An inferior health care plan that no one wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing.

    The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the oil-wealthy Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless, neglected Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • LindaRivera

    Organic, non-GMO avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries must be planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive because of the frightening, highly destructive economic policies of our government.

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8LPNRI_6T8&fe

  • LindaRivera

    Most people are unaware of government raids made on small-medium sized farms. Raw, organic dairy farms have had their healthy dairy products seized and thrown out. At least one farmer has been taken away in handcuffs! Many people in a desperate struggle to regain their health (or not lose their health) know how IMPORTANT raw, organic dairy is in the battle for health.

    Businesses and jobs must be PROTECTED! The WAR against small-medium sized businesses must stop!

  • LindaRivera

    The new Animal Identification rule will act like a tax on every livestock animal that crosses state lines – something that happens THOUSANDS of times a day in the United States! This is incredibly hard on small-medium sized farms WHO CANNOT AFFORD THIS!

    Family farmers and ranchers cannot afford additional paperwork and unnecessary expenses to please the industrial agribusiness lobby. We must stand up for our rights and the rights of farms! Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance is standing up for family farms and backyard livestock growers!

    This is their internet address: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/

    PROTECT JOBS! PROTECT BUSINESSES!

  • LindaRivera

    WAR is being waged on AMERICAN BUSINESSES and American JOBS!
    Americans must not be denied the human right to jobs and businesses!

    FOXNEWS
    Is Fed Raid on Gibson Guitar​ Company Enforcing Policy . . . or a Push to Target ‘Made in the USA’?
    September 07, 2011

    They are among the most sought-after musical instruments in the world.
    Gibson is also a company that is proud to put the “Made in the USA” label on its instruments. While the company has lower-end lines that are made overseas, every guitar that bears the “Gibson” label is made in the U.S. by American workers.

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    Gibson: Feds Want Guitar Woodwork Done by Foreign Labor

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    Gibson Guitar CEO: Don’t Know Why We Were Targeted

    On August 24, armed agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Homeland Security raided the corporate headquarters and two factories of the Gibson Guitar company. The agencies took away 24 pallets of Indian rosewood and ebony, as well as a number of guitars and computer files.

    “I think they’re taking the position that we should be shifting these jobs overseas,” says Bruce Mitchell, the chief legal counsel for Gibson. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/07/does-w

  • Jim_C

    Quite true that "main street" shares the blame. This is why people require rules and regulations. If access to credit was not so easy, if the temptation to overspend was not always there, we wouldn't be in quite the shape we're in.

    It's a very good point, and we shouldn't lose sight of it–but nor should we allow it to gloss the crimes of some pretty evil human beings.

    But what happened in the banking and mortgage industry was colossally criminal–or should have been. It was done on a massive scale, with massive deception and the type of amorailty that only those with access to power can have. "The banality of evil" is always surprising when we are expecting a big bad monster and we see, instead, an acclaimed economist or a bespectacled broker.

  • Jim_C

    I compare it to the crimes of Sandusky. What he did was horrific and abominable, but people who do that kind of thing are broken, they are driven to their perversion, probably had been abused at some point, themselves.

    But there is a special place on h*ll for the type of person who knew about these crimes and did nothing, or worse, covered them up, allowed them to continue. THAT is true evil, and we always fail to recognize that.

    What was going on in companies like Lehman et al. was well-understood at the time, and these guys understood they were bilking people and deceiving stockholders and government alike. Let's not forget that.

  • Amused

    Yea man , that's what it is , Main Street !

    Oh WHAT A TOOL YOU ARE DOWD.

  • Amused

    LOL….there is only ONE reason for regulation[s] ,without them people run amuck .
    So WHO removed regulation ? Who removed Glass -Stiegle ? [ yea yea besides Clinton ] WHO refused to enforce what little regulation there was , and WHO STILL does not have the kahones to enforce "the new set of rules " [yea yea -besides Obama ] ?

    Oh Wait !! Yup …IT'S MAIN STREET !!! ….dastardly dogs that they are …..I tell you …

  • Amused

    And …OH WAIT AGAIN ! What about NEWT ? who had his hand out for the lobbyists sent by the Wall Street Crooks to influence his fellow politicians on favorable legislation to keep the Bubble growing [and their profits fattening ] not to single out the new darling Newt [for I'm sure just as many Dems did the same ] but he IS running for POTUS.therefore fair game .
    Perhaps another " pledge " of a non-philandering nature by Newt , is in order ?

  • Amused

    yea , no comments …I didn't think so .The fact that corruption , pork ,lobbyists , and a general disregard for the better good of country which takes a back seat to partisan politics , is prevelant in both parties ,just as is influence peddling and existence of crooks. And BOTH , as well as Wall Street, are largely responsible for the situation we find ourselves in today . To blame in any part "Main Street " is COWARDLY and misguided , and is like a mugger blaming his victim , because he walked down the wrong street ….growup you brainwashed conservative sycophants .