For all his riches, Bill Gates could not approach the typical American and say, “Here’s a $100 bill. I’ll give it to you if you kiss my feet.” Most likely the person would tell Gates to go to hell! The American view is that the rich guy may have more money, but he isn’t in any fundamental sense better than anyone else.
Albert F Chestone What America Means to Me 2009
No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
One of the great moments of the last 15 years came from NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani
Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.
It was a an affirmation that at least in NYC under Rudy, America and its principles were not for sale at any price.
Rudy was followed by Michael Bloomberg. As a Billionaire any amount of money proffered to influence him was going to as successful as expecting Sydney Greenstreet to dance for a Diet Coke.
But now that the Bloomberg era is about to end Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith reports during his tenure money still had an effect but not in the way it normally would:
In Mike Bloomberg’s New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors — a legal payment here, a medical procedure there — and charitable contributions.
While Mr. Bloomberg’s name is not the least bit Italian Professor Doug Muzzio describes the Mayor’s use of fund in terms normally associated in culture with the combination of vowels in his predecessor’s surname and my own saying it…
…was protection money. In many ways it inoculated him from potential criticism and stimulated people to do things that they might not have or shouldn’t have done
The article points not only to millions upon millions given to various groups but the potential of millions in the years after his departure from office that might be at stake
Well it’s an easy sell to a conservative like me and maybe even to a few liberals that $100,000+ might by off an Al Sharpton but any liberal will tell you, unlike conservatives or Tea Party members who supposedly jump at the sound of a Koch brother’s check, the liberals who faced off against Rudy Giuliani and those honorable non-profits weren’t going to just keep quiet over money right Patrick Markee?
Lots of not-for-profit groups that work in the field were quiet and sat on the sidelines while this was happening, and didn’t speak up publicly, and then public records kind of indicated that a lot of those groups that received large personal donations from the mayor
Given the amount of government money that invariably goes to liberal NGO’s and those who support the left’s agenda this is almost respectable in the sense that at least these liberals are being bought by a person who actually earned the money distributed unlike say the Obamacare navigators, but I hope this is remembered the next time we hear the MSM myth of the noble leftists and non profits speaking truth to power.
It’s Wednesday and DaTipJar is at $67. That’s 19.7% out of the goal of $340 needed to pay the Mortgage and the Magnificent Seven and it’s very plain that I won’t be seeing any funds from Michael Bloomberg. While such a gift from him would be accepted like any other tip jar hit it’s not going to change the opinions or the expressions of this site opinion.
The vast majority of the tip jar hits here are $10 or $20. Fourteen more of those $20 hits will be enough to make the first week of the Magnificent Seven a success.
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