Mike Lowell: updates, negotiations, etc.
posted at 11/14/2007 9:28 AM EST
Ahh we meet again!!! :-)) I enjoyed our other discussion on basically this same subject..
Yes you are correct that our Presidents do cash in more after leaving office than while in it.....My reference to the President ( meant as only one example ) was more to suggest that we have here a situation that places very distorted values on things.
I am as thrilled as all of us that once again in our lives ( I am a 50 year sox fan so I am well beyond thirtysomething:-) ) the Sox are World Champs......I remember thinking back in 1967 when to Sox made it to the first WS in my lifetime, that I had never even allowed myself to think that in my lifetime they would ever even play in a WS.
However, thrilled or not, after a few days of feeling so good I asked myself so how else does this change my life??? The simple answer was.......It doesn't..... While decisions made by our leaders, or our doctors, or our kids teachers have so much more direct influence each day.....Yet to us, they are not worth a small fraction as much as these ballplayers....... Hmmmmmm........
I guess for me as these salaries get so high, and the costs involved to even buy souvenirs become so great, I am beginning to question it all more and more...... Certainly it's a personal decision for all of us who have the means to afford it, but for me, I can no longer justify contributing to this run away problem. I am now basically part of the 20% you reference.
Your comment about the wealth divide is right on.......If you recall our previous discussion I was voicing my concerns about MLB making outrageous as well as reckless, long term obligations for itself by chasing guys like ARod..... Again IMO MLB is fast approaching a wall here..... As our economy slows, as energy prices rise, as taxes soar, as the cost of buying groceries ( Have you done that in the last year and not asked yourself when did everything get so expensive??) as the stock market slows........What happens to more and more of that disposable income??? In my case at least it is no longer there to help MLB pay for it's foolish commitments to guys like ARod.. I suspect in the coming years the 20% you refer to will be quickly growing to 30& 40% or even higher.
I am not against free enterprise at all. In fact I strongly support it......But just like the sub prime loan problem, too much of a good thing is usually bad.