Everyone has a Price

Lynette Dufton
2 min readFeb 7, 2024

“Everyone has a price” is the classic cliche when our hero is tempted to betray his noble cause. Jon Rahm’s price is apparently a whopping $300 million.

Jon is a terrific golfer who earned about $16 million on the PGA tour last year. Most of us view $10 million as sufficient to “get by” in 2024 America. Jon claims, “I am not a materialistic person.” $16 million can buy a lot of material anyway.

But when Saudi-backed (and Trump sponsored) LIV golf came knocking on Jon’s door with that $300 million check in hand, Jon said, “I owe it to my family to set them up for success. Having children changed my perspective.” Good point, Jon. Those kids will need braces and contact lenses and who knows what else. How can you provide that on a mere $16 million?

Jon abandoned the PGA tour for the LIV one. I’m sure that thousands of golf fans will stampede Trump’s courses when the LIV Tour plays there to see Jon Rahm. The Saudis will recoup their $300 million investment in no time.

A hard-headed realist would say, “Jon Rahm might be the best golfer in the world. If someone is willing to pay him $300 million, he should take it. Taylor Swift is the top musical performer in the world. She made nearly $1 billion on her tour last year. No one is saying that she should not accept it.”

The counterpoint to that argument would be, “That $300 million is coming from the country that produced nine of the fourteen 9/11 hijackers. That money is “dirtier” than Taylor’s $1 billion that comes from her fans. Consider the source, Jon Rahm.”

Yo, Saudis. My price is a lot less than $300 million if you’re interested.

By Ed Dufton

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Lynette Dufton

These posts are written by my father, Ed Dufton, who has an incredible knack of condensing the day’s news into a witty and insightful commentary on society.