Enough of the fake caring

A reporter asked UNC coach Roy Williams if he’d take a pay cut in light of our nation’s struggling economy recently.

He answered the question as best he could, trying to be sensitive to people who are being hit hard by the current dismal economic climate.

This was after Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun ripped a “reporter” for asking him about his salary.

And, of course, Greg Norman, noted financial expert pro golfer, is suggesting that PGA players need to take a pay cut.

Why do people suggest this?

If Williams took a pay cut from his absurdly low $333,000 base salary, where exactly would that money go? Would it come to my house to help pay our heating bill? Would it come to my newspaper to keep them from having to continue making budget cuts?

No, it wouldn’t. It would go back into the UNC general budget, where it would be spent on something else that’s just as unstimulating to the region’s economy.

If Jim Calhoun took a pay cut in Connecticut, a state that has a $2 billion deficit, what exactly would it solve? If he worked for free, the deficit would still be $1.984 billion. What’s the point?

And Greg Norman, a wealthy, highly successful man married to a wealthy, highly successful woman needs to get over his own guilt. Sit on your yacht, drink some wine and shut the heck up.

I’m tired of the attack-the-rich mentality in this country. I’m tired of the notion that successful people who’ve worked hard – Williams, Calhoun and countless others – should feel bad about having money.

Just for the sake of clarity, I’m not rich. I’m 32 years old and have never made more than $40,000 a year. But I’m trying hard to become wealthy. And if I ever succeed, I’m not going to apologize for it.

The nation’s economic crisis isn’t going to be solved by attacking success. It starts with responsible spending from our local, state and federal governments and ends with responsible choices by everyone.


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2 Responses to “Enough of the fake caring”

  1. John Says:

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  2. Brad Says:

    Now that was a rant! Well done. I’m proud of you.

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