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Posted on 01/29/2010 2:03:45 PM PST by Niuhuru
Bill Gates made the largest ever single charitable donation when he pledged $10billion (£6billion) to develop and distribute vaccines. The Microsoft founder hopes the money, to be spent over the next ten years through his foundation, will save the lives of more than eight million children in the world's poorest countries. 'We must make this the decade of vaccines,' he said. 'Vaccines already save and improve millions of lives. 'Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before.'
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Doesn’t saving human lives contribute to Global Warming?
As long as this is his own money and he isn’t running around demanding that big brother take it from others, more power to him.
Do not joke. Bill Gates is a hero, and more conservative of many republicans in Office.
Don’t ask me.
He is a great man.
I think it is his money. He made tons through Microsoft as you surely know.
If this measure alleviates a sense of crisis, ironically the left will hate him MORE, not less. Lefties NEED emergencies and death —in this way they can rob folks.
They will REALLY make him PAY for this...
Wait, the title is misleading, he did “make” a donation, he only “pledged” it. So I think I might pledge $1,000,000,000. And my money wasn’t made based on ill gotten gains from selling crappy software based on QDOS software bought off some poor guy for $50k and rebranding it, my money is just made up money.
Good start, but a long way to go before he atones for Windows ME.
I know, it was kind of an ‘in general’ statement. Last time I checked, I think his net worth was in near $100 Billion and I’m sure a lot of that was liquid as, frankly, it is not easy to spend that much.
Agree. His money, his agenda. I just dont want to be lectured about helping the poor overseas when a huge number of Americans are unemployed.
Chances are he’s already established in the bosom of various countries like India and China and there’s nothing the lefties can do to hurt him or Microsoft.
Of course, that's not popular with the globalist crowd because an investment might actually return a dividend in the form of profit. That would be horrible because money and profit are evil. It's sad that a guy who's presumably as smart as Gates buys into such rubbish.
And this kind of giving would happen even more often if government wouldn’t try to steal it all first.
Anyway this article was written by a mad liberal (or a mad liberal) against Silvio Berlusconi (sic!). Why liberals are so stupid? They are not interested in what Bill Gates has done. that’s the truth.
Maybe he sees that if he directly contributes to vaccinations, it would go to that. A lot of time when money is given to these third word governments, the despots just use it for themselves to keep their thumb on their people.
Yes it would. The ‘evil rich’ are the biggest philanthropists.
This country going to hell in a hand basket and he spends the money overseas. I mean he is free to do what he wants and all, but wouldn’t it be better to put this money into something sustainable, like a business here in the USA? I mean this country gave him everything he has in terms of opportunity and he spends the money elsewhere.
He is free to do what he wants and I would never try and force him to do otherwise. I even would rather see him spend the money that way than have it confiscated by our government when he dies. But spend the money HERE please Mr. Gates.
I hope it does better than Muddy Waters Coffee Shop did... lol!!
Maybe he should make it a for-profit business.
It’s not his own money. It’s money he stole from me and others.
Gates is a con man.
About time he learned something about anti-viruses.
It's a noble idea, Bill ... but ....
Just askin' b/c reportedly Melinda Gates has attended the Bilderberg meetings.
That's a good point. Certainly, some of the governments in these countries make it impossible to invest - think Hugo Chavez - and they're so corrupt themselves that any aid funneled directly to them goes into their Swiss accounts - think Aristide (sp?) from Haiti.
Like I said, it's an admirable endeavor and it's his money, but I tend to fall to the side of private investment rather than private giveaway.
Oh please, he offered a product on the market and consumers chose to buy that product. Since he has started, there have always been options other than what he offered. Just because people chose it en-mass doesn’t mean he stole it from you.
When you go to a store and look at a computer, you can choose to say NO to his product and pick up an Apple. No one is taking the money out of your bank.
I guess we’ll see when the continent of Africa has several million people start dropping out.
I’ve heard this before, I personally think Alex Jones tries to ride this wave.......for his own benefit.
Monetarily that is.
I think that is great that he wants to vaccinate those who survive the UN abortion program that he is the biggest donor to.
So basically ...let’s vaccinate those we don’t kill. Way to go Bill.
No mere fallen mortal can ever atone for Windows ME.
He's created tens of thousands of jobs and made thousands of millionaires of lots of them. I'd say he's done more for more people in the economy than pretty much anyone else I can think of. This country didn't "give" him anything and he owes nothing "back". It's people like him that create business and wealth that are owed, not the other way around.
Now the single largest donation ever to any cause, and somehow it isn't "enough"?? Pure envy, that, and ungratefulness.
I’m not one to follow conspiracy stuff, but I did see the episode I linked above. Maybe Alex Jones was interviewed, I’m not sure.
But if one were to believe this stuff ...it would sure fit better than OJ’s glove.
I understand the rocky ground i’m on. I would never tell anybody what to do with their own money. I guess it just sounded like Princess Dianna and her landmine crusade, or like what Haiti relief is coming too. Just seems trendy. But hey, I will shut up. Sure won’t dig my heels into this very tenuous position. :) And I hate busy bodies. So I guess today, and today only i’m a self loathing busy body!
A man that gives away his money to charity is a saint. A man that demands your money for a charity is a scoundrel.
Which is why he supported Obama?
Heres one for ya. If congress passes blanket amnesty for up to 20 million illegals, wouldn't this change voting demographics in favor of the democrats?
So, assuming this would be the case (which I personally believe), this would potentially give the democrat party millions more supporters.
With this being a reality, why would the republicans try to pass blanket amnesty during George Bush's presidency?
Surely we send the best and the brightest in the republican party to Washington.....right?
When one looks at this closely, it almost appears that the Republican party is trying to commit political suicide.
I dunno, just sayin.
Good for him. I hope the vaccines better than his other anti-virus products.
Well, he sort of has a point. Microsoft sure has fleeced the taxpayers in government contracts. I can’t begin to describe the waste in money and man hours due to Microcrap.
In 1994, a Microsoft employee e-mailed company chairman Bill Gates to tell him about her husband’s campaign for the Washington state legislature. Stu Jacobson is a liberal Democrat, wrote wife Sandra. He favors abortion rights, wants stricter gun control, and supports the state’s 1993 health-reform law (a mini version of ClintonCare). “It sounds like we agree on many things,” replied Gates. “I am willing to endorse Stu.”
Jacobson was clobbered on Election Day and quickly forgotten. But Gates’s endorsement worried Republicans in the Evergreen State; they were starting to detect a disturbing pattern. One year earlier, Gates had given $80,000 to help defeat a tax-limitation initiative sponsored by conservatives. In interviews, he would occasionally identify himself as a Democrat. He golfed with President Clinton. In 1996, he gave money to Democrat Gary Locke’s gubernatorial campaign, and in 1997 he spent $35,000 backing a gun-control measure. Microsoft’s corporate-donor list has long included left-wing groups such as the ACLU, the NAACP, and NOW.
In recent months, however, Gates appears to have started having second thoughts. The Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Microsoft, charging it with predatory monopoly practices, has left Gates in a deep funk. Huge amounts of his personal time and his company’s resources have gone to fending off Clinton-administration lawyers instead of developing new products. Gates wants nothing more than to have the federal government leave him alone and permit Microsoft the simple “freedom to innovate”-a catch phrase spoken by virtually every company employee involved in the case. “The lawsuit has forced him to think about politics more,” says one Microsoft insider. “He’s like the liberal who was ‘mugged by reality,’” says another. It appears that the richest man in the world is wondering whether now it’s time to join the Republicans.
Heh. Fair enough. We each would surely pick something different to support. So he picked vaccines. Okey dokey.
I get what you mean about “trendy”. I’ve found annoyance with that sort of thing too, over the years.
I hear ya.
As they say ...follow the money. Some are lining their pockets along the way.
I’ve owned three computers and decided to try out an Apple, will never but another brand again.
Best choice in computers that I’ve ever made.
Not true. He was for MacCain.
“Oh please, he offered a product on the market and consumers chose to buy that product.”
No they didn’t. Gates made underhanded and illegal deals and strongarmed hardware and software makers to eschew other, better operating systems.
I was one of those who Gates destroyed illegally. I still haven’t recovered the money he stole from me.
Because of Gates’s illegal activities the computing world lost excellent OS technology. We are all foundering in a world of bloated, inefficient, bug-ridden insecure crap that runs our computers and our lives.
There are better operating systems out there. Gates’s illegal activity prevents you and everyone else from using it to its fullest capacity.
Are you saying you have an unknown OS?
No, I developed (good) software for a (great) OS that Gates destroyed illegally.
Microsoft was convicted of antitrust violations, but Gates suffered no consequences. He manufactured false evidence and submitted it at the trial. Yet he suffered no consequences.
But I did. So did my wife. So did my employees. So did my customers.
And in a way, so did you. Because if my software truly is good, you will never have a chance to use it because of Gates’s criminality.
“This country going to hell in a hand basket and he spends the money overseas. I mean he is free to do what he wants and all, but wouldnt it be better to put this money into something sustainable, like a business here in the USA?”
He’s already built Microsoft and if he developed another business, there’s a high risk that it might get taxed, blackmailed, or pushed into accepting minorities as AA employees. Remember what they did to him in the nineties? He got crucified for having a monopoly, ordered to prop up Apple, blackmailed by the NAACP, and then ordered to pay massive fines.
Only an idiot would think to build a successful business in this country. If he spent the money here, there’s a high risk that the project would go awry since everyone and their mother would demand their slice. In the Third World they don’t nail him to a corporate cross for being successful and hardworking, they practically worship him and don’t make him a target for the wrath of the unsuccessful.
You said it yourself, this country is going to hell and I think a lot of people need to go through hell to learn to appreciate the freedoms and prosperity this country has. We have to throw off these greedy special interest groups, blackmailing minorities.
“I guess it just sounded like Princess Dianna and her landmine crusade,”
Well, Princess Diana didn’t really create jobs with her crusade. Plus the landmines, however insidious, protected South Korea from the North Korean military. But a vaccination program is better since it saves lives and prevents a disease from spreading.
Bill has been remarkably pragamtic about his programs and he’s done a spectacular job.