Skip to comments.How Bill Gates Rips Off Babies
Posted on 05/07/2012 1:51:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
Stealing from babies is easy and low. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates makes himself feel powerful while negligently ripping off babies.
I am a capitalist. I defend entrepreneurs. However, I think young people and their parents should know that Gates is a sham entrepreneur. Gates openly uses his wealth and influence to push policies that will make entrepreneurial success unachievable for babies (future generations of Americans).
Gates is more dangerous to the free markets than President Obama. Why? Because everyone knows that Obama is a socialist who lacks business experience. However, when a billionaire capitalist like Gates advocates socialist policies, Americans will believe those policies are pro-business, entrepreneurial, and fiscally responsible.
Gates told CNNMoney anchor Poppy Harlow at the World Economic Forum: Its absolutely the case that taxes will have to go up to close the government deficit and, ah, I certainly think the rich should pay a larger share of that increase as we ask everyone, ah, to make some sacrifices.
Lets compare Gates approach to entrepreneurship with that of the late Steve Jobs and the company he founded, namely Apple. I think it will be clear that Gates is hurting future generations of Americans despite his public philanthropic efforts.
1.) Approach to Philanthropy
A sham entrepreneur is a short-term thinker. He uses philanthropy to push socialist policies that will boost his immediate self-esteem and influence while damaging the long-term outlook for entrepreneurship.
Gates partners with Warren Buffett to urge billionaires to take a public Giving Pledge to donate at least half of their wealth to charity. Unfortunately, this appears to be a way for Gates to get public recognition while sending the message that charity must be broadcasted. More important, it is counteractive for Gates to encourage voluntary charity and coerced charity (via higher taxes) simultaneously.
Gates is pompous about his philanthropy and he under-appreciates entrepreneurial passion. Gates told Jobs biographer, Walter Isaacson: Here I am, merely saving the world from malaria and that sort of thing, and Steve is still coming up with amazing new products. Maybe I should have stayed in that game.
Today, Gates is the non-executive chairman of Microsoft (he handed the CEO reigns over to Steve Ballmer). I get the sense that Gates enjoyed competition and making money more than ensuring Microsoft lasted for future generations.
Jobs told Isaacson: Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think hes more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. Bill likes to portray himself as a man of the product, but hes really not. Hes a businessperson. Winning business was more important than making great products. Even when they [Microsoft] saw the Mac, they couldnt copy it well. I hate it when people call themselves entrepreneurs when what theyre really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on. Theyre unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company You build a company that will still stand for something a generation or two from now. Thats what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, not just to make money. Thats what I want Apple to be.
Overall, Gates pushes for higher taxes as a way to solve U.S. and global budgetary problems. He takes credit for saving the world when a big part of what he does is ask the government to tell people how to spend their own money.
I think that the best way a company can help the world is by being profitable and enduring. Apple helps the world primarily by creating and selling extraordinary products and secondarily via traditional philanthropy. For example:
The affordability of iPhones and iPads democratizes technology and information. Steve Jobs wanted to make technology a tool for freedom by making it affordable to most Americans; by making Apple profitable, he was able to fulfill this goal.
iPad technology has helped disabled Americans vote in private.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan heavily utilize iPhones.
The iPad is an intuitive device that is a blessing to mothers and fathers everywhere. Very young children who have never seen or used computers can instinctively use it. iPads support educational games that, when used judiciously, help teach and engage children. And, iPads playing white noise have been known to soothe cranky children into falling asleep.
Apple creates or supports 514,000 jobs in America and an additional 23,000 jobs globally.
As the most valuable company in the world, Apple creates profits for its shareholders and bolsters the U.S. economy.
Apple pays its legal share of taxes and nothing more; Apple will not bail out the U.S. governments wasteful spending. Apple is the biggest taxpayer in Cupertino, CA (Apple headquarters), paying over $8 million in annual property taxes. Globally, Apple paid at least $3.3 billion in taxes last year. In order to maximize profits to shareholders, Apple utilizes legal tax incentives to shift some profits overseas to more competitive tax rates and avoid the combined federal-state U.S. corporate income tax rate of 39.2 percent (the highest in the world).
Apple donates silently. Apple matches employee donations to a long list of vetted charities. Apple also gave Stanford University more than $50 million in the past two years. The company also donated over $50 million to an African aid organization, reports The New York Times.
2.) Approach to Public Policy
Sham Entrepreneur: Makes his money and runs. He does not care about defending the free market system for future generations; he cares about his public image. If the president is a socialist who budgets by raising taxes, a sham entrepreneur (like Gates) will tell the media that tax hikes are necessary because: Youve gotta fund the government somehow.
Real Entrepreneur: Challenges the government, even if he or she is a member of the ruling political party. Jobs, for example, was a life-long Democrat. However, he was vocal about his capitalistic beliefs and he persistently challenged Obama to decrease business regulations.
Jobs led by example, teaching the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to defend their businesses. Just look at what happened when entrepreneurs like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales publicly opposed SOPA and PIPA; freedom prevailed over big government.
Overall, I think it is unethical for Gates to use capitalism to achieve billionaire status and then publicly advocate tax policies that will destroy capitalism. I think Gates has a responsibility to stand up to our bully government and defend his freedom and private property rights. For, by defending his rights, he will help ensure that babiesfuture generations of American entrepreneurshave the same opportunities to achieve success that he had.
seriously??? is this from an apple fan site??
Jobs wanted to make Obama commercials
There are so many holes in this writer’s thesis it is difficult to want to spend time pointing them out. But there are a couple of points that move around the truth.
One point is that Gates’ charity foundation is a tax dodge pure and simple. And Gates’ tax propensity to want to dodge taxes is well known to Seattlelites. When he built his 50 million dollar pad (Campus) on the lake about 14 years back, he complained about how high the property tax bill was.
Gates’ charity is a tax dodge because he can insure himself for a gazillion dollars and then borrow against those gazillions at low interest or no interest. Loans are not taxable.
Gates’ politics changed from neutral to liberal by coercion. Bill Clinton’s Justice Department backed by arch nemesis Larry Ellison of Oracle were on the edge of breaking up Microsoft as a monopoly. Gates’ felt he was stabbed in the back, and commented that he never expected his own government to work against him. Hence, he was assimilated into the liberal leviathan.
The “opportunity cost” of high tax rates is less job opportunities.
What, exactly, is wrong with wanting to “dodge taxes”?
Is it illegal to take advantage of the tax laws as they exist to reduce one’s own tax burden as much as possible?
Has Gates broken any tax laws?
And what, exactly, is wrong with complaining about high taxes?
Are you saying Gates hasn’t paid his “fair share”?
Nothing wrong with wanting to avoid taxes. Gates broke no laws.
What is wrong is that Gates poses as a philanthropist in order to dodge taxes. It’s a lie. It’s not an accurate image.
I am a FairTax advocate myself. I hate the Income tax and what it has done to people and society.
But I would like philanthropists to be philanthropists and not tax dodgers.
Dunno about all that, but Gates is a thief.
He got his start in business by basically stealing DOS from its author, handing him a couple hundred bucks, much like the old record moguls bought music for a few cents a pop.
Think the guy woke up when the product went hyper, and tried to negotiate a better deal, but nothing doing.
All legal, of course, but still a swindle.
If Gates (and Warren Buffett, and Ted Turner) had his way, there would be no babies to steal from.
Ever watch Shark Tank?
Absolutely ridiculous. Apple has ALWAYS been at the high end of any market for every product they came up with.
"WinTel" did far more to "democratize" the use of technology than Jobs/Apple ever did. So much so, in fact, that eventually the economies of scale forced Apple to abandon their beloved Motorola chips for Intel products.
No, actually it isn't. Gates's parents were heavily involved in philanthropy long before "Jr." became a multibillionaire. And they were liberals, as well. "Jr." is simply following the family avocation(s) in a "bigger and better" way. FYI, "Sr." Gates is also a heavy pusher of the "more taxes on the rich" notion.
Gates paid $50K for Q-DOS, not a “couple hundred bucks”.
And what the “author” sold Gates was a modified version of CP/M.
BS the guy hated Bill Gates and Paul Allen made the deal.
Lol. Story seems to have changed considerably since the early eighties.
Fine. Show me the original story.
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