Framing the Dialogue

Enough’s Enough

Our local paper had a Mother’s Day feature with words of advice that well known Pittsburghers shared from their mothers.  One was the old standard about always wearing clean underwear.  God forbid if you were in a serious accident with less than bright, white briefs

The list was mostly local people, many of whom I never heard of.  I guess that I run in the wrong circles or it may be the fact that I actually don’t run in any circles.  One of the folks quoted was actor Charles Grodin who is probably best known for being abused by the cute St. Bernard dog, Beethoven.  Charles remembered some of the things that his mother taught him one of which was about closing the refrigerator door.  Grodin also mentioned a tip from his mother that I generally attribute to fathers about always turning the lights off, but he added something that my parents never said, “the electric company is already rich.”

I find myself traversing the house turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, but it is all about not wasting my money.  I have never felt jealous about the electric company’s revenue their service…yes, but never their profits.  Maybe Grodin’s mom said that, but in my experience I have found that generation to be more about taking advantage of their opportunities rather than complaining about what others had. 

I wonder if that is a liberal slip?  I should have let it go, but I started thinking about who decides how much is enough?  I remembered that our Presidente recently shared some thoughts on this;

“We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.” [emphasis added]

No one in the liberal media felt compelled to ask him what “enough” was.  My guess that it is somewhere over the $5.5 million that he and Michelle pulled in last year.  I have an novel idea for all politicians, protesters and pundits. 

How about the person who is making the money determines how much is enough?

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