Why doesn't the Left begrudge George Soros for his success?
Mega-funders of right-wing causes face vicious attacks in the media. It’s really just awful, unfair and brutal. In many ways, however, it’s the difference between the right and the left – the right admires and respects the wealthy (particularly the self-made), while the left is jealous, tries to hurt and attack, and fundamentally believes as Obama said recently, “You didn’t build that.” The media and organized liberal left skewer brave patriots like Sheldon Adelson and Irving Moskowitz in a way that George Soros, labor unions and countless academic institutions have never faced.
Soros has donated millions to Obama – yet we rarely see him in the mainstream media headlines, and certainly we don’t see “exposés.” Soros donates millions to the American President, yet recently said: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” Could one imagine the uproar if a conservative said such a thing?
Soros uses his billions to fund left-wing causes and organizations worldwide – he’s a major funder of Occupy Wall Street, and has said that European-style socialism “is exactly what we need now.” Soros manipulates currency worldwide, and believes the totalitarian Chinese government is “a better-functioning government than the United States.” Joe Lieberman – no radical right-winger -- says Soros's views on America are "so negative, so critical, and so often anti-American." Destructive and negative.
Contrast that with the two conservatives who have been attacked ad naseum in the media for their donations to the right - Irving Moskowitz was born the ninth of 12 children to a poor family who lost 120 relatives in the Holocaust. He bought his first hospital in California after putting himself through medical school, and has since done tremendously well. He opposes the West’s enemies in the Middle East, and supports many philanthropic projects, from feeding the poor in California to athletic programs, and says he gives because “What could be more natural for a person with [my] upbringing, than to want to help his people in Israel who are being surrounded by people that want to destroy the country?" Dr. Irving Moskowitz speaks often of loving America, loving his people, and these are "natural things.” He’s so right.
Sheldon 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?” He works in a legal, highly regulated industry, and puts his money where his mouth is and makes his decisions on what’s good for his people. Does anyone doubt his personal life would be easier if he wasn’t involved in politics? But he’s doing the right thing and is speaking out - And that’s how the man who has become one of the richest in the world makes his decisions. Can anything be more right?
It all ties into one’s views on money and the world – Many of us who work very hard for our money to provide for our families believe that we are capable of making our own decisions, want a smaller government, and we already pay enough taxes. Unlike Soros and some in the media we don’t support socialism, as we know how hard we worked building our business, and we believe in the greatness of America. Didn’t the mega-wealthy – on the right and left – earn their money? I say bless them as they must have worked many long, painful, difficult hours to achieve personal success.
This discussion is really about choices and core values - between Occupy Wall Street & Soros – and exemplified by Obama who during the 2008 campaign told “Joe the Plumber” that he needed to “spread the wealth around.” They prefer socialism, believe government owes people, and the government built businesses.
As a 37-year-old, born-and-bred American, a product of the NYC public school system I grew up in a single-parent household where my mother worked very hard. I worked 40 hours a week from the age of 11, and founded a company 10 years ago out of a single room 400 square foot office, which today has grown into one of the 25 largest US PR firms.
Today’s government keeps taxing energetic people, and wants to keep adding taxes and hurting those who produce. It is an easy decision to stand with those whom the media attacks like Irving Moskowitz and Sheldon Adelson – who want people to accomplish more – and did indeed build their businesses. Working hard, building businesses, supporting success and loving America – that’s the right way, and supporting causes that strengthen people. Very different values – but little doubt about what our children will be better with.
I continue to work very hard – and today my New York office occupies 25,000 square feet in the same NY office building as George Soros’s office. Mr. Soros – come down for a cup of coffee. Even though you are the socialist, I am happy to give you a cup of coffee – but no more than that. And please, keep those Occupy Wall Street folks away from the building – I don’t have time to listen to them complain all day. Hire them, would you?
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