Prime example: Bill Gates.
Hate him for being successful (if a bit shady back in the nineties), but what is he doing with his retirement? Only funding and marketing the largest charity to have ever graced this planet… no big deal.[/quote]
Wait, are you praising Bill Gates, one of the most openly liberal people in this country, and a great patron to the ultra-liberal Stanford University (he basically donated a whole building to us)?
The same Bill Gates that is a close friend of Warren Buffett, another bleeding heart ultra-liberal that was a potential candidate for the Green Party in 2004? The ultra-liberal Warren Buffett that just donated a boatload of money (several billions) to Bill Gates’ foundation instead of leaving it for his children?
So, are you saying not all liberals are eViL? In fact, are you saying that limo-libs are actually a great thing?
It is useful for a society to have a few very very powerful citizens capable of such things, IMHO.[/quote]
You mean, powerful liberal citizens? Yes, I agree. I’d even say we don’t have enough powerful liberals in this country. Fortunately the two richest men on the planet are ultra-liberals, but we need more.
Ah, by the way, if you’re thinking about praising Oprah next, remember that she’s a liberal too.
If the US was like France, there would be no Bill and Melinda Gates charity, and the world would be a poorer place for it. I don’t see anybody else stepping up and vaccinating the entire third world… do you?[/quote]
Do you really believe that Bill Gates’ motivation was money and that if taxes were higher in this country he wouldn’t have as much money as he does?
I honestly thought you were smarter than that.
This is just an example amongst many, but as recently as May 2005, Gates said in an interview that he wished that he was not the richest man in the world. Clearly higher taxes would not have been a hinderance for him.
Also, you do realize that donations are fully tax-deductible and that his foundation pays no taxes, right? You also realize that is also the case in every single European country, i.e., that generous billionaires get humoungous tax breaks in those countries too, right?
And you also do realize that even though Bill Gates’ foundation has been great at spreading direct help, they have refused to support more sophisticated education initiatives, like the one from the MIT to create a $100 laptop to give all children in undeveloped countries?