Larry wrote this open letter to Tiger Woods. After reading it, I thought I'd write Larry an open letter of my own:
Dear Mr. Kudlow,
Why should we care?
Look, you are one of the top economists of our day. Many of us enjoy reading your well-thought out essays as often as you can churn them out. I know, I do. But please, stop with the silliness.
Speaking strictly personally, I cannot believe that you took the time to write something to and/or about a man who should already be smart enough to know this stuff. I cannot imagine that he does not have advisers who know it and really doubt someone hasn't already told him by now. Whatever compelled you to do such a thing?
Maybe you are asking yourself, "Why does LA I care about what I write?" It's not because I want to tell you what to do, that's for sure. Because you can also be sure that I believe in a strong free press and the freedom to express any opinion despite the validity, or lack thereof.
I just think that a man as brilliant as you are should not be wasting valuable time, money, and ink on a celebrity that has made a certain bed and may now be forced to lay in it. I think your time is much better spent on how the nation is going down into the hole, deeper and deeper by the day.
Maybe you could write something on the current healthcare bill and it's projected ramifications for the next generation or two. How about more on Washington's desire to take over more and more of the responsibilities of the private sector (and drive them into the ground with everything else they get their hands on)? Because we both know that everything, everything, the federal government touches turns into utter garbage.
You made a comparison to the situation with Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina. At what point did a noted scholar such as yourself decide to equate an athlete with an elected official? Help me as I ponder this through, will you?
One man is put into his leadership role by the people. The other just knows how to use a talent God gave him, simply to make a living. (And he does it). A governor owes the people an explanation for what he did with public funds, while being employed by those people. An athlete owes us nothing.
Needless to say sir, you may surmise that I am a bit disappointed. It's not that you need my approval, either. But I think if you take a moment and think about what I have written here, you will plainly see that I whole-heartedly believe that you can do much better than this. There are many, many pressing issues this nation is facing right now and much of it has to do with money. Surely, there is something you can do to help facilitate the arguments that must be made right now.
As for Tiger, he will be fine. Eventually the press will make him cave and he will come clean with things, but only when he feels like it. I really do not care what he does either way, because my life does not live in the balance with this issue. Neither does my children's and grandchildren's future have anything to do with the decisions of Mr. Woods. But they do count when we speak about an out of control Congress, and an Executive Branch -- which has the least amount of private sector experience of any other in my lifetime.
I expect to hear about tawdry stories and the fallout from such things via those who specialize in tabloid media operations. So please understand something, will you? It is that very component that has kept this non-story alive and you have just helped them. Instead of helping us learn more about what you can teach us, you allowed yourself to be pulled into the world of cheap press, far away from the world of the true intelligentsia that you are used to.
Now, please for the love of humanity. Get back to work and help us make some sense of this damned world.
L A Sunsett