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Lynn Woolley: Greed is not a dirty word
Dallas Morning News ^

Posted on 03/29/2009 8:11:27 AM PDT by greatdefender

It seems like everybody is beating up on greed these days. In the wake of the AIG bonus scandal, pompous members of Congress, the Obama administration and the media are disparaging the very concept. It's time someone stands up for greed because without it, there would be no United States of America.

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TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: greed; opinion; society
Looks like she did not used the Websters to define it
1 posted on 03/29/2009 8:11:27 AM PDT by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender
It's time someone stands up for greed because without it, there would be no United States of America.

BS, one person's opinion does not create fact, if there had not been thousands and thousand of men and women he gave there lives for this country, there would be no country for the leaches to breed and feast upon.

2 posted on 03/29/2009 8:17:55 AM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: greatdefender

“Greed – the desire to make a profit”

No.


3 posted on 03/29/2009 8:19:14 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: greatdefender
--when I hear the word "greed" , if the circumstance warrants I ask the user if they ever sold a house.

Then , as appropriate, I question whether to avoid any fear of "greed", they of course sold it about , oh say 30% under market price--that usually ends the conversation.

4 posted on 03/29/2009 8:24:33 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: greatdefender

what is greed, anyways?

Greed as the left-wing newspapers would like to have it is the individual’s desire to succeed and gain more for him/herself through work.

But the way we should see it, this desire shouldn’t overwhelm our other commitments such as our commitments to family, etc.

Greed is not good, but the left-wing wants to define any success as greed and use this language to further their attack on capitalism.


5 posted on 03/29/2009 8:29:37 AM PDT by GreatDaggar
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To: greatdefender

“Greed” is lusting after something you haven’t rightfully earned. And what you “earn” is what others agree to pay you for your good and services. There is nothing wrong with looking for opportunities to earn, and wanting to keep what you have earned. That isn’t “greed.”


6 posted on 03/29/2009 8:32:45 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: greatdefender

Hey if it wasn’t for greed the Democrats would not have won the election.


7 posted on 03/29/2009 8:33:15 AM PDT by ex-snook ( "Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: lady lawyer
“Greed” is lusting after something you haven’t rightfully earned.

Well, exactly.  And whenever a clueless liberal starts throwing that word around, I define it just as you have and tell them that they are the greedy ones.

"If I earned a loaf of bread, and you didn't, do you deserve half?  And if I choose to give it to you, which I may in all likelihood, shouldn't that be my choice?"

8 posted on 03/29/2009 8:38:55 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: GreatDaggar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A


9 posted on 03/29/2009 9:49:42 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: greatdefender

She’s a he (I went to the article and to his site.) Lightweight and superficial


10 posted on 03/29/2009 10:10:09 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: org.whodat; All

There, their,for a definitive “Greed is Good” essay check out http://www.theusmat.com/ after the links


11 posted on 03/29/2009 10:26:11 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (2010 One year to a new census and congressional redistricting, we need a strong hand in the House)
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To: org.whodat

“BS, one person’s opinion does not create fact”

Of course not.
But it is true that from the pilgrims on to the latest high-tech immigrants, people came here for OPPORTUNITY. And we fought to protect the freedom to pursue that opportunity when people tried to rob us of it.

“Greed” is another word for that self-interested seeking of a better life. It’s a reality that self-reliant self-interested ambition shaped this nation to be what it is today.


12 posted on 03/29/2009 1:05:49 PM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 8 years?)
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To: greatdefender
What matters isn't for profit vs. non-profit, but how you make your profit.

To say "greed is good" (or "greed is bad" for that matter) is pretty simplistic.

Some returns are a just compensation for one's risks and efforts. Some are the result of fraud and chicanery.

Sometimes it's a little of both. We can see that a sharp dealer's entitled to his profit, but we don't necessarily praise him if he cuts too many corners.

13 posted on 03/29/2009 1:30:22 PM PDT by x
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To: WOSG
No it's not,

greed (grd) n. An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

14 posted on 03/29/2009 7:24:07 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: mosesdapoet
I think I'll stick with Websters and the English language, thanks
15 posted on 03/29/2009 7:26:05 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: org.whodat

“greed (grd) n. An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.”

What defines ‘excessive’? or ‘deserves’? They are subjective. In my book, if you work honestly for something, you deserve the fruits of your labor. If a movie star is so good they make $20 million to star in one movie - is that excessive? Or a best-selling author? What about Warren Buffett, example of ‘greed’ or simply good investing genius? Not to me. Is it to you?

The problem may in fact be that the perfectly healthy ambitious desire to create wealth and enjoy it is castigated as “greed”. When socialists and demagogues speak of ‘greed’, they are using that term against diligent wealth-creating activities. For examples, calling low tax rates as an example of ‘greed’. It is far from it by your definition.


16 posted on 03/29/2009 7:37:37 PM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 8 years?)
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To: greatdefender

lest we forget pursuit of wealth was the precedent to pursuit of happiness; if it’s legal, and you want it, not a thing wrong with it


17 posted on 03/29/2009 7:41:51 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: org.whodat
greed (grd) n. An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

To each according to his needs... from each according to his abilities, eh comrade?

18 posted on 03/29/2009 7:54:01 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla
To each according to his needs... from each according to his abilities, eh comrade?

The foundation of society is that words have meaning and we communicate. There fore the words need to mean the same to everyone one. There is a difference between one who is an achiever and is successful and one that would whore his mother for a dollar.

I'm sorry your education level does not let you understand that.

19 posted on 03/29/2009 7:59:07 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: org.whodat

It looks like you’ve mastered the use of Goodspeak.


20 posted on 03/29/2009 8:51:31 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: ViLaLuz
“Greed – the desire to make a profit”

Nope.

21 posted on 03/29/2009 8:53:25 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Earthdweller

The writer is doing her part to redefine the desire to make a profit as greed.


22 posted on 03/30/2009 3:58:04 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: gogogodzilla

The communist did not put up with free speech, you seem to pursue that line.


23 posted on 03/30/2009 8:48:33 AM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: org.whodat

Oldthinkers unbellyfeel greed... right?

Or perhaps we could have our two minutes of hate regarding ‘greedy bankers’?


You’ve already been programmed by those who’ve determined that greed is doubleplusungood.

And once one controls the language, one controls others ability to think.


24 posted on 03/30/2009 5:29:39 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla
I'd buy you a dictionary, but I doubt if you know what it is for.
25 posted on 04/02/2009 6:48:20 AM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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