But when it comes to real-life things like jobs, opportunity, wages and wealth, Americans don’t necessarily like the “everyone plays by the same rules” approach. We prefer government policy makers who hold some of us to the letter of the law, but give others of us special breaks. A tax deduction for me, a tax hike for you. Special grants and opportunities according to our gender, ethnicity and marital status. “Free” subsidies for so-called “green energy” companies, but harsh taxes and penalties for oil companies. That’s apparently the way we like it. Yet we might just find that if we chose a government that held us all to the same requirements, the “high scoring” players among us might create more opportunity for all of us, and us “lower scoring” players might be incentivized to improve our game.
3) “Inequality” runs rampant in the NFL – and it’s not a bad thing - By its nature the game of football treats quarterbacks differently from punters and place kickers, and we think nothing of it. Quarterbacks negotiate for the highest compensation possible with an NFL team, yet many punters and kickers are lucky to play for the base minimum salary guaranteed by their union.
Yet when it comes to economic matters outside of professional sports it is often presumed to be unfair that the CEO of a company earns a multi-million dollar salary, while entry-level employees of the company earn a government mandated minimum wage. We accept the fact that the value that football players bring to their team may vary according to their talents, skills and position, but in our workplace everybody is somehow supposed to be treated “equally.”
If we stopped demonizing the high achievers among us (and quit electing politicians who demonize them as well), we’d likely learn that other people’s achievements can create opportunity and prosperity for all of us.
Will America return to being that “shining city on the hill” where achievement is respected, both on and off the field?
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.