I try not to pay too much attention to people whose view of reality is in stark contrast to obvious facts – Mike Rosen is one of those people. His columns for the Denver Post are usually so absurd, I read them instead of the comics.
Today’s column crosses a line, however. This is the linchpin of his argument today [emphasis mine]:
Another covetous complainer, disparaging “absurdly ridiculous” sports salaries, argued that Manning’s salary could, instead, have gone to pay for school buses, textbooks, free lunches, teachers’ pay and other societal needs. In fact, the degree of our compassion and commitment to governmental largess on such items is already measured by $15 trillion of federal debt and more than $100 trillion in unfunded government liabilities.
There are only a handful of people on this planet who can do what Peyton Manning does on a football field. There are many millions of people in this country who can do what teachers do in a classroom. That’s not to demean teachers, just to recognize an economic reality in a free society.