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Greed

DVangura Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:17 AM
One point that Stossel forgot to make. GREED is void of socioeconomic position OR political party. I have no fear of greed for money among individuals as long as the Law punishes those that pursue illegal means in their quest. The worse form of greed and the form that is ignored by the corrupt leftist media is the greed for POWER. The form of greed that obama and his corrupt leftist plutocrats have. The greed to control and dominate others and to live off of the work of their labor. Our Constitution is designed to temper this form of greed. But it also takes a free and independent press, and an educated, informed and morally religious people.
Sean245 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:05 AM
Well said, so many politically disconnected people I know spew the line that all the world’s problems stem from evil corporations. I ask them if Walmart or Ford Motor ever forced them to buy a product. Ironically they seem to be OK with government dictating and incentivizing their behaviors. People and businesses motivated by money I can understand, they need to fulfill a need or desire in others to get it. The quest for power only fulfills the needs and desires of those seeking it.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:52 AM
No person who WANTS to be an elected official, should be allowed to run for office.

I say do away with the election system completely. Pick citizens at random for the job. Just like they supposedly pick jurors.
Spikeygrrl Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 3:42 PM
Chris, if you think jury selection is "random," you haven't been called to serve anytime in the past 30 years. Having to show up for selection is somewhat random (within a VERY strict set of criteria), but actually getting picked to serve is anything but.

Serving on a jury has been a dearly-held personal goal for most of my adulthood. Yet time after time I get dismissed because I actually have some expertise in topic areas relevant to the case! Wouldn't you think, in a sane society, that this criterion has things exactly backward? Wouldn't you WANT, say, a structural engineer on the jury for a case involving questionable construction practices, or someone with a background in Human Resources on a hiring discrimination case...?
On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations."

Give me a break.

Bill's smart. If he believes such things, we who care about freedom have done a poor job communicating economics.

Blaming problems on "greed" is a mindless cliche.

Yes, Wall Street was greedy -- but that's nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. With this election approaching, and statist, eager-to-regulate candidates in ascent, we...