Excess: (per the Encarta Dictionary)
An amount or quantity beyond what is considered proper, usual, or sufficient
Reported this morning on WCBS news radio: On the set of her new movie, Sarah Jessica-Parker wears a necklace worth $198,000; more than the median price of a home in the US.
Shortly after, their housing report stated that for the month of August mortgage institutions filed 358,000 foreclosures, which equals 1 out of every 357 US homes.
This article from the NYTimes details people who are no longer counted as “unemployed”. They have been unable to find work for so long, the Bureau of Labor Statistics now counts them as 758,000 “discouraged workers”. The profiles in this article are heart-wrenching.
Why is the movie industry still promoting the excessive lifestyle? Would it better serve us by helping instill “family values”? $198,000? C’mon, couldn’t a sparkly paste necklace achieve the same effect?