Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel “Shortchanged”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Warren Buffett, Bill Gates

Sometimes I buy things and I’m disappointed when they don’t work right. I can just imagine how someone would feel when they bought Congress.

But that’s the tragic situation that Messrs Buffett, Adelson and Gates nee Microsoft find themselves in. They bought Congress and it isn’t giving them amnesty. What’s wrong with Congress, they ask in a New York Times editorial. They paid good for money it. Why won’t it work?

American citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country. We are getting shortchanged.

They are. Because the 535 people keep taking money from billionaires to pass amnesty instead. But now it’s the billionaires who feel shortchanged.

Here’s an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election in which his opponent garnered only 36,105 votes. Immediately, many Washington legislators threw up their hands and declared that this one event would produce paralysis in the United States Congress for at least five months. In particular, they are telling us that immigration reform — long overdue — is now hopeless.

Those dirty bastards, listening to the will of the people.

Don’t they know who they work for? Warren Buffett wants amnesty and he wants it yesterday. And if he doesn’t get it, he’s going to have them all fired. And then evict from their homes.

Americans deserve better than this.

Oh we do.

The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill. But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us.

So long as it’s got that sweet, sweet amnesty for 12 million illegal Democrats.

We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement.

Sure, as long as you’re all billionaires and like amnesty.

We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate.

It is. We should stop subsidizing their education.

A “talented graduate” reform was included in a bill that the Senate approved last year by a 68-to-32 vote. It would remove the worldwide cap on the number of visas that could be awarded to legal immigrants who had earned a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, provided they had an offer of employment. The bill also included a sensible plan that would have allowed illegal residents to obtain citizenship, though only after they had earned the right to do so.

I also have a bill. I call it the Free Candy for America bill. It gives everyone free candy. Also it includes a sensible plan to install a totalitarian dictatorship.

I don’t know why anyone would be opposed.

Americans are a forgiving and generous people, and who among us is not happy that their forebears — whatever their motivation or means of entry — made it to our soil?

Obviously we’re a forgiving people. We’ve already forgiven Bill Gates for Windows 8. And even though the Republican Party is bought and paid for, the Tea Party has yet to start dumping crates of XBoxes into the river.

But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to sell off our last best hope of being in the middle class for some cheap labor.

For the future, the United States should take all steps to ensure that every prospective immigrant follows all rules and that people breaking these rules, including any facilitators, are severely punished. No one wants a replay of the present mess.

Of course not.

We’re going to waive the rules until 5 seconds from now. Then we’re going to apply them firmly and strictly. Said no government ever.

Signs of a more productive attitude in Washington — which passage of a well-designed immigration bill would provide — might well lift spirits and thereby stimulate the economy. It’s time for 535 of America’s citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them.

Err don’t you mean 3 people who employ them?

  • http://banliberals.com/ Ban Liberals

    As bad as Bill Gates is (he threatened years ago to move his facilities to Vancouver, Canada if he didn’t get his boyish demands), FAR worse than Buffet and Gates is MARK ZUCKERBERG, the little boy from FAKEbook who also didn’t get his way.

    And he, too, is stomping his feet.

    And let’s not forget Eric Schmidt and the rest of the sanctimonious lefties who put their wallets before America.

    Thanks, Daniel, for bringing this virulently vile matter to America’s attention.

    • Gee

      Mark Zuckerberg is not an American. He renounced his citizenship so that he didn’t have to pay taxes for the illegals he wants to become American citizens.

      He is a citizen of Singapore

      • glpage

        I think it was Eduardo Saverin, not Zuckerburg, who denounced his citizenship.

        • Gee

          My error – thought it was Zuckerberg too

          • annieoakley

            Zuck may as well have.

      • http://banliberals.com/ Ban Liberals

        I don’t think you are correct.

        EDUARDO SAVERIN, Fakebook’s co-founder — renounced his.

        I can find no reference whatsoever stating that Zuckerberg did.

        Although he is still a pig.

  • CowboyUp

    “The three of us vary in our politics…” – Yea, the way lenin and trotsky varied in theirs.

    “Americans are a forgiving and generous people, and who among us is not happy that their forebears — whatever their motivation or means of entry — made it to our soil?” – Uh, the ones demanding reparations for their ‘means of entry’?

    “For the future, the United States should take all steps to ensure that every prospective immigrant follows all rules and that people breaking these rules, including any facilitators, are severely punished. No one wants a replay of the present mess.” – We’ve heard that one before, so they must want a replay of the present mess, or they wouldn’t be doing the same thing that led to it.

  • De Doc

    Daniel, as a practicing dentist, I heartily endorse your free candy plan, but suggest we also ban tooth brushes and other oral hygiene products. This plan, like the cheap immigrant labor for super wealthy industrialists, would help my bottom line tremendously!

  • rbla

    This is strong medicine and I would not recommend it in ordinary times. But these are not ordinary times and we can no longer play it safe. A steep progressive tax on wealth. Take their dangerous toys away from them. Buffett can live quite well on $50 million – he doesn’t need $50 billion. Let’s see the whiny Dems complaining about inequality oppose this one.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      We don’t need a wealth tax, though if we had radical conservatives in Congress, it would be fun to see them propose one to shut the left up.

      What we need is to take a hard look at certain industries and crony capitalist abuses. Particularly with Buffett

      • rbla

        I would tend to agree; it is a dangerous remedy. But these guys are rapidly bringing down our once great Republic and sometimes drastic surgery (in the form of a steeply progressive wealth tax) may be the only chance (slim admittedly) to save the patient.
        Yes you are certainly right; it would be great fun proposing something like that and watching the left run for the tall grass. Another bit of fun would be to enact a tuition rollback and freeze – go after the overpaid pampered professoriate and thieving college administrators – left-wingers all.

        • Bryan Schmick

          If you’ve ever had a puppy, you learn to reward good behavior and penalize bad behavior. Taxing the people that have accrued wealth leads to people not trying to accrue wealth. Rewarding poverty leads to more poverty. Encouraging people to earn more money will cause them to earn more money. It’s so simple even a puppy owner can understand.

          • rbla

            A lot of this wealth accrues as what is known as “economic rent” due to monopoly power. When Soros manipulates the market for British pounds and makes billions I don’t think he is growing the economy. However you are right in that it is a drastic and dangerous remedy. I only suggest it because the patient (US) is on the way out. And the principal reason is the behavior of our “elite” over the last four decades. These “citizens of the world” after wrecking the country believe they can hide behind their vast wealth.

          • annieoakley

            Somehow Holly -wood should be included.

          • carpe diem 36

            and as a by product of more money is less socialism, so it is a win win thing.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          We could use scholarships to wipe out sociology, gender studies, ethnic studies, 90 percent of the poison is there.

          • carpe diem 36

            and close the dept of Education, which is really a misnomer. They “educate” just like the North Koreans in their re-education camps,

      • Uncle Jay

        I propose a liberal tax. All democrats, socialists, green party members, etc be taxed at sixty five percent with no deductions and back date it to 1980. Now how can any leftists object to that?

    • Tom von Mises

      How about we do an appropriate number on you…say take your computer and ban you from having one?

      Talk about Lenin and all…you’re right there with the fascist pigs.

      • rbla

        Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It must have taken you a long time to reach into you vast reserves of intellect and education to construct it.

  • Bryan Schmick

    The fair tax would go a long way to fix our woes. No more special loopholes to billionaires buying congressmen. Progressive in the fact that rich people spend more than poor people. All income is treated equally (ignored) – taxes are based on what you spend. No more incentive to outsource. Illegals and under the table money get taxed at the same rate as everyone else. International companies are encouraged to build products in the US. http://www.fairtax,org

  • bob e

    perfect .. illigal alien democrats .. not immigrants, democrats

  • Skeptic7

    I don’t think these quasi-national billionaires even qualify as Americans. They have zero loyalty to America.

  • Johnnnyboy

    For those who do not know it, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have paid almost no income tax at all relative to their expanded wealth. I do not know about Adelson so I will leave him out.

    If you are running a company and you are good at it, what would otherwise be income can be spent on things that grow the company. That accumulates value without showing it as income on the books. If you happen to own a big chunk of the company, as Bill Gates owned Microsoft and Warren Buffet owned Berkshire Hathaway, what would otherwise be income shows up as accumulated value in the rising stock price. The wealth in the value of the stock does not get taxed until it is sold; so when you get to be an old guy, don’t sell the stock, transfer it to a tax free entity, a charitable fund of some sort. Next use the fund to promote whatever cause you happened to be into, all without having ever paid income tax on the accumulated value.

    People, even very smart people, can be remarkably shallow in some ways. Take a rich guy who is not had to bare the burden of funding government, and it becomes very easy for him to start thinking of an expanded and expensive government as a good thing. After all, it is not costing him anything.

    The bet there is that if we tightened up on how easy it is to get tax free income, at the least tighten up on what is defined as a charity, we would end up getting rid of half or more of these big government largess wealthy people. Plus the ones who were left would have less money to spend because they would be picking up an income tax bill on the funds they raised to effect public policy or push causes generally.

  • pupsncats

    The three could draft a bill they could all agree on? When were they elected to office? How well is the Common Core bill that Gates drafted going to nail the final hole in the coffin for the poor kids who have to not only suffer through another indoctrination/brainwashing idea of statists while dumbing them down to an even lower standard of “education”?
    Let’s ask ourselves why the billionaires have appointed themselves, along with government bureaucrats, elected and unelected, the monarchy? Why are Americans so willing to give up all of their freedoms because these people claim they have the right to tell us how to live, think, and act?

  • chelmer

    “I also have a bill. I call it the Free Candy for America bill. It gives
    everyone free candy. Also it includes a sensible plan to install a
    totalitarian dictatorship.”

    THAT’s funny!