February 20, 2010
Is it true that "most of the American people don’t begrudge people success or wealth”?
This quote from President Obama has popped up in a number of places recently, including DealBook. I have to admit that if this is true, it's news to me. First of all, that would mean we've vanquished Envy. Second, even if one were to add what I believe to be the necessary caveat "so long as they earned it honestly," I'm not sure it would be accurate. I mean, unless you've been sleeping under a rock the last 10 years "honestly" nowadays almost has to come with a little asterisk noting something along the lines of "until we find out all those muscle-bound home runs were not just fueled by protein shakes." Have I just let my cynicism consume me?