Greed vs. decency


The whole Cablevision-Disney thing really pissed me off. So does the whole NCAA-expanding-to-96-teams-thing. And the NFL-denying-health-problems thing. And the health care thing. We are not a nation of greedy people, but we are a nation guided by greedy people. Those on top generally are the sharks, itching … clawing … biting for money; biting to take advantage of you at any/all costs.

Hence, I’m going to write a brief blog post about Kerry Blinder.

Kerry is the mother of a girl in my son’s pre-school class. She’s friendly and sort of quiet, and I see her most mornings when I drop my son off. Today I said, “So what do you do for work?”

“I stay home,” she said, “but I recently started my own little apparel company for kids.”

We got to talking. Kerry isn’t running KABPRINTS with expectations of vast riches; or seeing a nation of droid children wearing her goods. No, she’s doing it because she has long made clothes for her kids, and she really, really gets a kick out of it. (Her website is The stuff is very cute). This blog post doesn’t exist to generate business for Kerry, or to promote high-quality bibbies. The point is that, in what often seems to be an ocean of corporate evil, there are millions upon millions of Americans trying to do right; trying to start up a business out of love and passion and a genuine objective of providing a service.

Politicians makes reference to such folk, but the words are rarely followed up with actual beneficial implementations. They speak of helping the cattle farmer in Oklahoma; the florist in Baltimore; the bakery owner in Santa Fe—but it’s usually mere lip service. Very few laws and incentives encourage start-ups to, well, start up.

Sad, but true.

8 thoughts on “Greed vs. decency”

  1. With my team sitting close to the bottom of the PAC 10 even 96 teams won’t do it.
    As a nation few are willing to give so much to so many.
    I think about Haiti. The story how the Belgian doctors left for the night leaving only Dr. Gupta and a handful of nurses.
    Like a battery, our Nation seems to be driven by two opposite poles.
    Charity and Care +
    Greed and Apathy –

  2. I can’t think of one thing about this country that is set up to help small solo entrepreneurs like your friend, or writers like us. The SBA certainly doesn’t help. Nothing with taxes, healthcare is set up in our favor. I think sometimes we’re penalized for going it on our own, which is why so many people don’t do it (I can’t count how many people say “I’d love to do what you do but I stay at my job because of the health insurance.)” Sad.

  3. sean…just add an extra w to the www part of the address (there are only two in Jeff’s post).

    ben…yeah, let’s blame Barack Obama for our nation’s woes. He’s been in office just over a year and yet we want to blame him for everything wrong. Typical.

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