Here is a letter sent to the editor of Kiplinger's Magazine.
In the November 2008 issue, Fred Frailey asks “What causes otherwise smart, super-intelligent, people to take leave of their senses and do really dumb things?” The answer is plain and simple: greed. Greed, from top to bottom, from the CEOs to the janitors. Everyone wants more and is not content with what they have. We all (individually and collectively) need to live within our means. This also includes the government.
A wise man named Solomon once said, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” He got it right thousands of years ago. We should all learn a lesson from this.