Skip to comments.Oprah Winfrey: Wealth Is 'A Good Thing'
Posted on 04/11/2006 7:46:00 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas
...Winfrey, 52, who is reportedly worth more than $1 billion, said she doesn't feel guilty about her wealth. "I was coming back from Africa on one of my trips," she said. "I had taken one of my wealthy friends with me. She said, 'Don't you just feel guilty? Don't you just feel terrible?' I said, 'No, I don't. I do not know how me being destitute is going to help them.' Then I said when we got home, 'I'm going home to sleep on my Pratesi sheets right now and I'll feel good about it.' "
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bravo for her....and i mean that!!!
Why should OPRAH feel terrible? Just because she's BLACK? Ain't that like a rich libby. I guess black folks can't be rich and enjoy their money, not worrying about the poor, benighted masses.
I guess none of her money is spent on a PR person/publicist to advise her what to say in magazines.
Yeah, finally, I can say I agree with Oprah, LOL!!
Oprah does a heck of a lot for people. She's not what I'd call stingy. I applaud her for her generosity, and I applaud her for not letting others make her feel guilty for having attained such success.
Yeah, else where in the article..
I have a closet full of shoes and it's a good thing."
YES, but, I want to know where she stands on the DEATH Tax....THAT will tell me everything I want to know....if like Gates, Sr, and other VERY rich, she says she supports it, I'm NOT happy.....because the VERY rich PROTECT their money in foundations and trusts, and it's disingenous to say they are FOR paying the Death tax, when it's likely they will hardly pay ANYTHING. Now, on the other hand, if someone accumulates a business or real estate, or inheritance that totals 4-5 million....they will pay MORE taxes. And furthermore, it's the NEWLY wealthy who are hurt the most....women owned businesses, and minority owned businesses....STEPPING DOWN FROM MY SOAPBOX now....
Hear! Hear! Affirmative Action has produced a billionaire!
Tell em baby!
You can't be serious.
The idea, as I see it, is write checks and vote for politicians who will raise taxes on earners, aka, 'the rich' so that their money can be sent to Washington bureaucrats who take their cut, so they can then send it back to the cities to pay for 'social programs' cut checks to support 'the poor'.
Why not just cut out the middle men and do some actual good?
Really, why are there wealthy liberals in the first place?
Hillary, with her "rich getting richer" won't play well with Oprah.
And her fans.
"I have a closet full of shoes and it's a good thing."
sounds like a quote from Imelda Marcos
i just fainted
No problem with her wealth. I just don't like the way she always pretends to make fun of herself when she is actually making herself a victim.
You betcha! All most liberals really are is 'rich that feel guilty for being rich'. Or 'guilt ridden republicans'. Well. Ya know what ? When I get there, I'll feel about 0.01% guilt. Aw. Naw. Not even that much.
She's an entertainer. She has a shtick. And, apparently, she's very, very good at what she does.
"I guess none of her money is spent on a PR person/publicist to advise her what to say in magazines."
You'd think she'd have that down by now. It won't matter. If you or I had said such a thing we'd be run out of town on a rail.
That is your response? LOL Okay whatever.
Thats great. But it doesnt buy her much with me.
I still cant stand this woman. She built her little empire on trash TV for years. She shills her new age garbage latest shrink of the week "book club" for the unthinking daytime TV boneheads who put every title she deems Oprah approved on the best sellers list.
You have presidential candidates blubbering on her show for approval and playing kissy face, praying that her viewers will vote for them.
I don't get it either...Oprah is a commie? She's invested in board games?
Proof positive America is a truly great place. Where else in the world can a black, female liberal get filthy rich and not feel guilty about it? I don't agree with you very often, Ms. Winfrey, but I think you have personified the American dream better than most. God bless you and I am proud you are an American.
Well I think she does both and is proud of the later. One of her projects in Africa is building schools to educate poor girls.
I don't understand it at all. Some people just hate Oprah. I guess it's convenient to bring up AA becaus she's black. That's a bitter jealous person's way out.
Ratings produced a billionaire.
Like her or not, her product is perfectly tuned to her market.
Oprah. I guess it's convenient to bring up AA becaus she's black...
She's a drunk? She goes to AA meetings? Oh, she's gets drunk and plays board games...with real money.
No, really, I think Okrah is an AA queen, and if you saw her early appearances you'd agree, I suspect. But then, any celebrity on the idiot box, Regis Philbin or whoever, is suspect, when you consider their intellectual depth and their negligible talent, so it may be unfair to single out this woman.
LOL!!!! Okay on that note I'm going to sleep hehehehe.
"EVERYONE GETS A B-R-A-N-D N-E-W C-A-R!!!!!"
Like her or not, her product is perfectly tuned to her market.
Yeah, there's a lot of drunk, communist board game players out there. More than you'd think!
Who are you fooling...you're gonna get drunk and play board games!
*chuckle* . . . *cough*
I get the impression you may be jealous of people like Oprah and Regis. I remember Oprah from the earliest days and no I don't think she's an affirmative action queen. She's a hardworking woman and that's all there is to it. She's made a billion doing something that she likes to do which I'm sure angers a lot of people.
25 years ago Oprah was a frumpy nobody hacking it at some low-level Chicago TV station. She seized the bull by its horns and became a sensation. I hate her politics but she's got ambition and brains, plus she's vastly underrated as an actress. Should've gotten the Academy for The Color Purple.
Oprah's secret shame...
Mistress of the blindingly obvious...
The hell it won't. When you get to be that rich, YOUR money isn't at risk. You pay millions of dollars a year to have an army of accountants make sure YOUR MONEY is NOT going to the poor or destitude (except when it is tax deductible and double dipped to be sure).
The beauty of being a limo liberal is you get to have a "good feeling" and sleep well since you have given a tenth of a penny on a dollar while advocating the poor 20-40K shmucks subsidize to the tune of 15 to 23 cents on a dollar for your "sleep of the just."
When you hear that a billion dollars has gone to ensure people stay on the government teat, you get a happy feeling that you "made" that happen.
And her fans.
Dumber than dirt.
AA and white guilt over slavery, discrimination and some imagined past injustices, are sure roads to success, for the otherwise marginally talented!
I see. Thanks for your opinion at any rate.
Too bad there wasn't a story about Puff Daddy or P Diddy or whatever his name is these days -- the guy is worth what? A couple hundred million? That would really set him off...
Good grief, you're embarrassing yourself.
I told you so. It always comes out eventually!
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