BUFF SCOTT, JR.
Greed and its Side Effects
It is a fact that greed has contributed to many of the world’s problems—too many have too much and far too many have too little. Therefore, two of greed’s side-effects are hunger and starvation—simply, destitution
. One of my truisms has its genesis in the captivating words of King Solomon. “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God” (Prov. 30:8-9)
I like the way our Lord, when He was on Earth, addressed greed. He described its possessors as being “full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matt. 23:25)
. The great Apostle Paul warned his readers lest they become entangled with “the greedy and swindlers and idolaters” (I Cor. 5:10)
Webster says of greed, “An insatiable desire to possess or acquire something to an amount inordinately beyond what one needs or deserves.”
If I might give an earthen case of greed and those who suffer indirectly because of its spillover, take a look at the greedy Pharmaceutical Corporations
. They are among the wealthiest in the country. Canada’s drugs can be purchased at one-third to one-half the price of American drugs. And I’m talking about the identical same drugs we have here.
When our former President was running for his first term, he promised that to off-set the high cost of drugs in America he would support and promote a law that would allow Canadian drugs to be part of America’s drug market. That didn’t happen, as well as many more of his promises. So why are American drugs almost beyond reach for the average American, particularly the middle class and poor?
The answers fall under two obvious categories. 1)
Pharmaceutical Corporations spend billions of dollars on ads. To place a 30-second drug ad on a major TV event, such as a Super ball game, costs around five million dollars or more, depending on the event. We pay the bill, for it is passed on to us in higher drug costs.
I always keep tabs on what’s going on in the world—one of my positive addictions. Let me use world news
on all TV Networks
as an example. During a one-half hour Newscast, practically every ad revolves around drugs.
It is laughable how the Pharmaceutical companies associate every
pleasure and every
success in life with some drug they are advertising—picnicking under a big green tree in the country or by a lovely lake, walking a pet alongside the ocean front, taking Grandkids to the County Fair, working out or climbing steps, boating on a river, catching fish, and so on. The subtle
message is obvious, “You need this medication to accomplish these feats.”
And believe it or not, many American suckers fall for this greedy dung! Pharmaceutical companies are coming out with new medications every week—medications that, in a lot of cases, contain the same
drug components as drugs that have been on the market for years!
Why are they doing this? Because they know a particular class of Americans quite well—the many suckers who think in terms that... “Oh, boy, there’s a new drug for my problem!”
So they rush out to see their doctor for a new prescription.
The Apostle Peter had it right when he wrote about false prophets, but in this case we’ll substitute deceptive drug companies, “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words” (2 Peter 2:3)
What can we do about this deception? Not much of anything until Washington’s leaders, from the top down, pass a tough Law that will put a stop to the run-away greediness of the drug companies. We ought to stand up and complain. Sitting on our butts “until the cows come home” has never solved a problem.
_____ MANIPULATION AT ITS LOWEST— Lately I’ve been paying close attention to how the Liberal Press is handling the charge that Obamacare has failed. Here is their primary response, “Obama’s Health Care is covering twenty-two million Americans,”—as if that’s a large number.
Well, it ain’t when we consider America’s population as of January 23, 2017 is 324,420,000. Consequently, 22,000,000 is only a small drop in the bucket. But the Liberal Press hopes to convince us that Obama’s Health plan has been and is working. It won’t work.
Keep your eyes peeled on the manipulative responses of the Liberal Press. They are shrewd and have a unique way of “dancing around the mulberry bush,” which is a form of deceit.—Buff.