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  • Literally no one, NO ONE should be a billionaire

    11/10/2019 7:11:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    The Week ^ | June 2019 | Jeff Spros
    "Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?" That's one of the questions The New York Times recently put to the avalanche of candidates coming for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination in 2020. A few of them, and not necessarily the most left-wing ones, offered a squishily-philosophic no. "I'm not sure anybody cosmically or morally deserves to have a billion dollars," as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg put it. Others were more positive: John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, thinks the aspiration to make a billion dollars "drives a lot of our economy." One thing just about everyone agreed...
  • AOC: 'Y’all, the billionaires are asking for a safe space'

    11/07/2019 3:44:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Several billionaires have recently criticized the wealth tax proposal of presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). And fellow lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has come to her aid. During an interview with CNBC, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said of Warren: “She uses some pretty harsh words, you know, some would say vilifies successful people.” The New York congresswoman, who previously proposed a 70% tax on Americans with incomes over $10 million, jumped on Dimon’s remarks: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ✔ @AOC Y’all, the billionaires are asking for a safe space - you know, in addition to the entire US economy and political...
  • Is Mayor Pete’s Actual Campaign Director … The World’s Least Popular Billionaire?

    10/21/2019 7:51:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/21/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for populism, eh? In a cycle where his party’s candidates for president openly debate on the preferred method for eating the rich, Bloomberg reports this morning that Mayor Pete Buttigieg got lots of direction from them to start his campaign. And not just any ol’ rich guy, but arguably the poster child for American oligarchs — at least to the Democrats in the 2020 sweepstakes: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recommended colleagues as potential hires for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign soon after the South Bend, Ind. mayor launched his presidential bid in mid-April.Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher confirmed to...
  • Elizabeth Warren has a history of collecting cash from billionaires

    10/15/2019 3:40:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/14/19 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – Elizabeth Warren may have said “no” to billionaires, but many are saying yes to her. A review of Warren’s campaign donations to her presidential and Senate campaigns reveal that she’s received donations from more than 30 billionaires during her time in politics. Christopher Sacca, a venture capitalist who appeared on “Shark Tank”, gave $2,800 to Warren in May. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate also netted two $2,500 contributions from GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner’s wife, Theresa, in June. That same month Susan Pritzker, wife of Hyatt heir Nicholas Pritzker II, donated $2,500 to Warren. The donations run from 2011...
  • Trump mocks 'crazed & stumbling lunatic' Tom Steyer, after billionaire rips president's rhetoric

    10/28/2018 3:59:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2018
    President Trump derided rival billionaire Tom Steyer as a "wacky" and "crazed & stumbling lunatic" on Sunday, after Steyer -- who was one of the prominent liberals to receive a threatening suspicious package last week -- said he "absolutely was blaming" Trump for creating an atmosphere in which "anything can bubble up, and anything is bubbling up." Steyer fired back quickly, writing that Trump's comment was "unthinkable ... in the midst of the horrible political violence." The Twitter conflagration erupted after Steyer's wide-ranging interview with CNN's "State of the Union," in which the hedge fund manager called Trump "corrupt," and...
  • Billionaire coal magnate among 7 Americans killed in helicopter crash

    07/05/2019 7:30:25 AM PDT · by CondorFlight · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 5, 2019
    A billionaire West Virginia coal tycoon was among seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of the Bahamas on Thursday evening, according to local officials and reports. Chris Cline, 61, a former coal miner who turned his Foresight Energy company into a billion-dollar operation in 2015, was killed in the crash at about 5 p.m. local time, the Palm Beach Post reported.
  • Please, Raise My Taxes?

    06/28/2019 7:19:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 28, 2019 | Mona Charen
    With metronomic regularity, some well-motivated billionaire announces that he wishes the government would increase his taxes. The latest entrant is Eli Broad. Writing in The New York Times, Broad praises private philanthropy and the capitalist system "that's yielded some of the greatest gains in prosperity and innovation in human history." Still, he concludes, "I simply believe it's time for those of us with great wealth to commit to reducing income inequality, starting with the demand to be taxed at a higher rate than everyone else."Some pundits might mock Broad, pointing out that nothing is preventing him from sending bigger checks...
  • Billionaire will pay off debt of Morehouse College's 2019 graduates. Here's what that gesture means

    05/20/2019 7:20:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/20/2019 | Darran Simon
    Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith's commitment to pay off the student loan debt for graduates of the historically black Morehouse College covers millions of dollars, the school said. "When you have to service debt, the choices about what you can go do in the world are constrained," Morehouse President David A. Thomas said Sunday. "(Smith's gift) gives them the liberty to follow their dreams, their passions." Thomas told CNN on Monday that the exact amount of student loan debt to be covered was still being calculated. Smith's gesture, which Thomas called "a liberation gift," will enable graduates to have more...
  • A Trip Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Sprawling, Embattled Compound in Hawaii

    03/09/2019 12:41:49 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Saturday, March 9, 2019 | Michelle Broder Van Dyke
    Pila'a, Kauai -- Last Sunday morning, more than a dozen cars were parked along a six-foot wall built around Mark Zuckerberg's vast retreat on the northeast corner of Kauai, a small, remote Hawaiian island that's home to 70,000 people. The gate, which is almost always locked shut, was open, so you could walk right past the Facebook-blue sign that reads "PRIVATE PROPERTY Thank you for not trespassing." The lava rock wall, which Zuckerberg started building in 2016, inflamed some of his neighbors. It's built on a bluff a mile from the ocean and now stretches for nearly a mile along...
  • Billionaire diamond trader dies during penis enhancement procedure, reports say

    03/06/2019 12:35:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/6/2019 | Tariq Tahir
    A billionaire diamond trader has died during a penis enlargement operation at a posh Parisian clinic, it was reported. Ehud Arye Laniado died at the age of 65 in the clinic of an unnamed plastic surgeon on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital. According to local media, complications during surgery proved fatal for the Belgian-Israeli dual national and he suffered a heart attack when a substance was injected into his penis. The billionaire, whose exact fortune is not publicly known, got in trouble with the authorities in 2013. He faced claim for 4 billion British pounds (approx. $5.2...
  • Billionaire John W. Childs Charged With Involvement In Florida Prostitution

    02/23/2019 5:24:13 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 116 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 23, 2019 | Amanda Woods
    Finance titan John Havens, Citigroup Inc.’s former president and chief operating officer, was also charged in connection with the sting, cops said. “We are working in conjunction with numerous jurisdictions and local agencies to try to arrest all subjects we have active charges on,” Vero Beach Police Public information Officer Bradley Kmetz told Bloomberg. “We encourage people who have active arrest warrants to turn themselves in,” he said.
  • Ocasio-Cortez: System that allows billionaires is ‘immoral’

    01/22/2019 11:06:45 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 66 replies
    Ny post ^ | 1/22/19 | Ben Feuerherd
    Ocasio-Cortez: System that allows billionaires is ‘immoral’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview on Monday that she believes a system that allows people to become billionaires is “immoral.” The New York Democrat made the statement while responding to a question from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Harlem. “I do think that a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don’t have access to public health is wrong,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
  • Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama AG says

    12/27/2018 2:17:25 PM PST · by ptsal · 52 replies (Alabama) ^ | 27 Dec 2108 | Craig Timberg and Tony Romm
    Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year's special election violated state campaign laws and said he was worried that the operation could have affected the closely fought Senate race. "The information is concerning," Marshall, a Republican, said in a phone interview. "The impact it had on the election is something that's significant for us to explore, and we'll go from there." Moore lost the election to his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones. Marshall, who said he learned of the disinformation campaign called Project Birmingham...
  • Is Elon Musk a Capitalist or a Crony?

    12/01/2018 8:23:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | December 1, 2018 | Jaen Card
    Much like the late, great physicist Stephen Hawking, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become a fascinating cultural figure – a super-genius scientist whose observations and ideas are interesting and may be politically influential. Musk is probably right about Artificial Intelligence – specifically, the risks it poses to humankind and the importance of preparing ourselves to eventually compete with computers – and political leaders should pay attention. But Musk is wrong to be part of a new crony capitalist coalition lobbying for expanded tax perks for electronic vehicles (EVs). Republican leaders in Congress should ignore Musk on this issue when voting...
  • Billionaire Richard Branson: America should give out free cash to fix income inequality

    07/02/2018 2:57:13 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 84 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2 Jul 18 | Catherine Clifford
    One solution to income inequality is giving out free cash, according to the British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. “A basic income should be introduced in Europe and in America,” Branson told David Gelles of The New York Times. Branson was responding to the question, “What do you think those in positions of power should do to address social problems like income inequality?”
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer bringing case to impeach Trump to Denver

    05/09/2018 9:48:20 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 68 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | 9 May, 2018 | Erin Prater
    Billionaire Tom Steyer wants to impeach President Donald Trump — and he’s bringing his case to Denver. Steyer, a Californian who spent millions backing select Democrats in the 2016 elections, will host a town hall at Mile High Station May 16 — part of a series of similar events that his campaign, Need to Impeach, has hosted nationwide since March. The town halls attempt to “make the patriotic case to Democrats, Independents and Republicans about the need for impeaching Trump,” according to a Wednesday press release from the campaign. “According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 70 percent of Democrats support...
  • Flying Homes And Floating Cities: How Billionaires Travel

    03/08/2018 7:13:59 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 15 replies ^ | 03-08-2017 | David
    In the early 1900s, John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV was thought to be among the richest people in the world, with a net worth of nearly $87 million when he died, equivalent to $2.21 billion in 2017. In April 1912, he was traveling back home to New York after holidaying in Egypt, accompanied by his wife. Naturally, he was the richest passenger on the RMS Titanic. We’ve come a long way since the Titanic, and now the rich travel alone--and in unimaginable style. By Plane Clearly the most efficient way of transport for everyone, wealthy included, is by air. Nowadays,...
  • Billionaire Bill Gates Says He Should Pay 'Significantly higher' Taxes

    02/20/2018 12:10:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 140 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun February 18, 2018
    Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts. "I need to pay higher taxes," Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. "I've paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes," he said. Gates, the second richest man in the world after Amazon's Jeff Bezos, didn't mince his words when it came to the...
  • Beyond The Pale Of Imagination–Doctor And Pharmaceutical Billionaire Couple Dead–Both Involved...

    01/25/2018 3:32:25 PM PST · by davikkm · 25 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    After researching this report, I am asking myself how can these “suicides” of people involved with the Clintons continue? Are we reading something into these deaths that is not legitimate but just coincidence? Will we ever really know the truth, as no one bothers to investigate their connection to the Clintons but us in alternative media? Snopes will have a field day with this report, except they will not be able to dispute the Clinton Wikileaks email associated with Dr. Dean Lorich. From: Cheryl Mills To: Hillary Clinton Date: 2010-01-24 14:40 Subject: DOCTORS REPORT FROM HAITI “From: “Dean Lorich”...
  • Dem megadonor Steyer demands lawmakers and candidates back impeaching Trump

    10/11/2017 10:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/17 | John Bowden
    Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer wrote a letter to Democrats on Wednesday demanding the party pledge to impeach President Trump if they take control of Congress next year. In a letter first reported by The New York Times, the California mega-donor calls Trump a “clear and present danger to the republic," and urges Democratic lawmakers to "make your position clear" regarding removing the president from office. “This is not just an issue of Twitter screeds but what it means for a person who has control over our nuclear arsenal,” Steyer said Wednesday. “I hope you will make your position clear...