December 4, 2010
Golf Rules - Redistribution, Fairness, Equality and Oh Yes, Those Bush Tax Cuts
I happen to play golf. For the past two years I've been under the tutelage of Joel Suggs. Joel's advice has done wonders for my game. Not only is he getting me to hit the ball with my club in the swing plane, but he's also explained the game is about distance, not necessarily direction. Sounds crazy, but it's true.
I know how hard Joel's worked through the years to become a PGA Master Golf Teaching Professional. I've not asked him, but I'll estimate that it's well over 45,000 hours.
Do the math yourself. How many hours have you toiled at your profession? Were you a stay-at-home mom your career? I'd say you've got over 100,000 hours in that. Did you work at a job for 25 years? Then you probably have 62,000 hours in that investment.
My very good friend Russell Waters sent me an email with a pretend news story. Imagine how Joel would feel if this appeared tomorrow or next week in the national news feed:
President Barack Hussein Obama has recently appointed a Golf Czar and major rule changes in the game of golf will become effective in January 2011. This is only a preview, as the complete rule book (expect 2,000 pages) is being rewritten as we speak. Here are a few of the changes.
Golfers with handicaps:
- below 10 will have their green fees increased by 35%.
- between 11 and 18 will see no increase in green fees.
- above 18 will get a $20 check each time they play.
The term "gimme" will be changed to "entitlement" and will be used as follows:
- handicaps below 10, no entitlements.
- handicaps from 11 to 17, entitlements for putter length putts.
- handicaps above 18, if your ball is on green, no need to putt, just pick it up.
These entitlements are intended to bring about fairness and, most importantly, equality in scoring. In addition, a Player will be limited to a maximum of one birdie or six pars in any given 18-hole round.
Any excess must be given to those fellow players who have not yet scored a birdie or par. Only after all players have received a birdie or par from the player actually making the birdie or par, can that player begin to count his pars and birdies again.
The current USGA handicap system will be used for the above purposes, but the term 'net score' will be available only for scoring those players with handicaps of 18 and above.
This is intended to 'redistribute' the success of winning by making sure that in every competition, the above 18 handicap players will post only 'net score' against every other player's gross score. These new rules are intended to CHANGE the game of golf.
Golf must be about equal outcomes. It should have nothing to do with ability, hard work, practice, and responsibility. This is the "right thing to do, because it's fair".
Heck, this sounds great, don't you agree? Let's have equality in everything.
Let's redistribute your money and half your clothes. Let's say you don't have too much. You may have far more than a homeless person. Well then, let's take all your money and give it to the homeless. After all, you'll still have your house, furniture, car, and credit cards.
You get my point. This redistribution thing just doesn't work. It's not fair. We live in the Land of Opportunity. I'm all about offering opportunity to everyone. It's no different than a foot race.
We're all at the starting line. But several have trained hard, run hundreds of miles, and watched their diets. But others have done nothing. Those who have diligently trained to run the race fast deserve to be rewarded for their effort.
Those who've done nothing to work deserve last place.
Oh, I can hear it now. "Tim, what about the poor souls that can't race. They're physically challenged. What about them?"
Well, I'm sorry about that. Mother Nature deals those cards everyday. Just look around you. Look what happens naturally each day. We need to play by those rules.