Sunday, January 27, 2008
Shaquille and Haiti
Shaquille O'Neal is the center for the Miami Heat. Almost everyone knows that.
Shaq lives 90 minutes by air from the man and his son pictured above who are homeless on the streets of Haiti. Hardly anyone knows that.
Shaq's messy divorce proceedings and his checkbook were recently revealed.
Shaq's MONTHLY expenditures:
* $156,116 on mortgages
* $110,505 on vacations
* $60,417 on gifts
* $26,560 on babysitters
* $24,300 on gasoline
* $22,190 on maids
* $17,220 on clothes
* $12,775 on food
* $500,000 on income tax
Comparing those who have the most to those who have the least (and are very close neighbors in this hemisphere) is painful. (See Miami Herald article.)
Neither individual, Shaq nor the homeless Haitian man, are benefiting from their economic situations. I doubt either man is a "bad" man.
The inequity and the problems of what too little or too much cause is what is bad.