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Here I am, sitting in my office on July 3, 2016, the day before the birthday of our nation and the “official” birthday of one Oprah Elliot Bruce, my father who represented 50% of the equation that made sure that I had a birthday.

He was born in New Orleans in1906 and would’ve been 110 years young.

I am currently betwixt and between regarding what to give “yinz” guys’ and dolls’ today.  The “Tea Party,” Crispus Attucks, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Barack Hussein Obama. All of the aforementioned played a pivotal role in the evolution of our democracy and making our country better.

However, they could not have a direct impact on pure good old fashioned American greed.

We are now in the age of “show me the money,” or show me the door as far as the world of sports is concerned.

The NBA is prepared to spend over 1 billion dollars to make sure that the “product integrity” that they demand remains intact.  Aren’t you red, hottttt and blue? The hometown fans of MLB, NFL, NHL and the NBA will be ecstatic when their heroes are retained or depressed if they jump the fence seeking to graze on greener grass.  But wait, buyer….beware.  Be careful what you wish for because for every prayer that is answered, the collection plate is not too far away.

King James a.k.a Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is just one of the examples of “the haves and the have-nots” and no I am not directly promoting or endorsing the Tyler Perry produced television series.

In an article posted on www.cavsnation.com titled “Inside Look: LeBron James’ 30,000 Sq. Ft., $9.2 Million Mansion in Akron, Ohio” author Tomer Azarly writes:  “LeBron James was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Before playing his first game, James had numerous endorsements with the likes of Gatorade, Coca-Cola, and McDonalds.

At the age of 18, James bought this Bath Township property in 2003 and went on to build a 30,000-square-foot mansion on the land. It’s now a 19-room house that features six bedrooms, eight full toilets and 6 1/2 toilets, a recording studio, a two-lane bowling alley, a on line casino, theater, sports activities bar, aquarium, barbershop and a main bedroom suite with a two-story stroll-in closet.”

Let’s put this in real time.  $9.2 million for a damn house? Is the sex gonna be better?  Will the food taste greater?  The answer is no….Correction, hell…no.  20 people could be given a $50,000.00 salary per year for 9 years for less than the price that LeBron James pays to do a #2.

Now that sucks.  I know that this is capitalism but damn…give me a break.  There should be a minimum 5% luxury tax on any house, artwork, car, boat, plane, train that costs more than 2 million dollars.

That revenue should go toward health care, housing and education for those people making less than $20,000.00 per year.  Instead of the public whining and crying about how much money that professional athletes make, force legislators to hit them in the only place that they really care about, their pocketbooks.

I am red, hot and freakin blue. I was late shopping for the 4th of July.  I was forced to buy a cheaper cut of steak.  It was tough and a bit chewy. Maybe if LeBron had let me come over to his place and throw it on his grill, I am sure that it would have tender and a lot more tasty.  (The source for the story was cavsnation.com)


Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741

Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribe

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