Tuesday, April 17

Celebrity/money (and one normal guy) report

Since I'm not sleeping, I have time to surf and report useless stuff.

First, because I'm interested. Second, why?

Anyway, in descending order of net worth:

+ Steve Jobs takes a $1 salary from Apple (not including the jet), but has a flight-load of Apple and Disney (largest single shareholder stock). He's valued at $5,700,000,000.

+ Alfonso Soriano injured himself yesterday. He only makes $17,000,000 per year.

+ Steve Spurrier ( $1,750,000 per year) said if anyone were to ask him, he thinks the Confederate flag should come off the State House grounds.

+ The Obama family made $1,700,000 in 2005 and gave away $77,000, or 4.5%. If I were a avowed Republican, I'd say Obama is only audacious with other people's money. It's not a one-for-one correspondence, though, because politicians trade earning power for political power. And Obama raised more than $25,000,000 for his presidential campaign in the first three months of this year.

What's my point? (Or, turning my wicked keyboard on myself...) Why do I click through on this stuff? I can repudiate it, but I still participate in the culture of celebrity and money. I over-value money. I won't divulge my earnings, but I will tell you that I spend more of it on myself and my family than I should. I don't give enough away. My impulse spending is more that 10x my impulse giving. Though I've been moving to the right from the socialist leanings of my youth, my guilty liberal conscience remains. Add a guilty Protestant conscience to that.

What do you think? Where do you stand on all of this celebrity/power/money stuff?
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