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He puts his money where his mouth is – legally and openly. The son of Jewish immigrants, Adelson grew up lower-class, dropped out of the City College of New York, and transitioned to the Republican party for a fairly simple reason. As his wealth increased, he asked, “Why is it fair that I should be paying a higher percentage of taxes than anyone else?” And that of course is a damn good reason to oppose Obama – his pocket book will be hurt. And what exactly is wrong with that?
And last I checked, when it comes to criticizing the man who has “made more money in the last three years than any other American,” and commenting on his success overseas, nearly every wealthy American makes money overseas. Major Obama donors like DreamWorks big-wig Jeffrey Katzenberg (who is under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission for bribing Chinese officials to secure exclusive film rights in the communist country), former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, who is worth $7 billion and others all made money overseas – and the NYT isn’t criticizing them. Yes, people vote and donate to candidates who support their interests. What’s the news flash there?
Regarding Israel, it is quite simple Adelson and his wife are proud and tough Jews whose foundation gives more than two hundred million dollars annually to Jewish causes and the man simply is standing up for what is right. As he has said: “The two-state solution is a stepping stone for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.” He couldn’t be clearer: “I really don’t care what happens to Iran. I am for Israel.”
Sheldon Adelson is a heroic man who should be recognized as such – arguably the richest Jew in the world he deserves the thanks of every American. He thinks quite clearly and puts his money where his mouth is – “Is it good for America?” And that’s how he makes his decisions.
We must never forget that only 80 years ago the whole world stood by as six million Jews were slaughtered – people like Sheldon Adelson and Dr. Irving Moskowitz put their money where their mouth is. The Jewish community – in fact, the entire Western World needs to say, “Thank you, Sheldon Adelson.”
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