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Give Bono's Money Away
Human Events ^ | 3-21-02 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 03/24/2002 10:26:59 AM PST by The Old Hoosier

Give Bono's Money Away
By Terence P. Jeffrey

The Irish rock singer Paul Hewson—who insists the world call him Bono—visited Washington last week to demand more U.S. foreign aid. He even enlisted President Bush in the cause.

Here’s a suggestion for the President: Slap a 100% tax on all income earned here by foreign rock stars to offset the cost of foreign aid.

Bono—who writes lyrics like "Alright alright, alright, alright, alright/It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright"—sees himself as a poet. The Bono Tax would be such an act of poetic justice you have to believe he’d love it.

Here’s how it would work: He gets taxed. Americans get a tax cut. The great Pharisee of rock’n’roll can still parade from Ritz to Ritz, in sackcloth and ashes (or is it silk shirts and sashes?), explaining to reporters and politicians how his heart bleeds for the destitute masses over there somewhere. American workers right here would keep more of their pay to put clothes on their own kids.

In a recent issue of People, Bono betrayed the kind of shanty Irish class hatred that would make my Irish kin roll their Kerry blue eyes. "There is an old story about an American and an Irishman looking up at a mansion," said Bono. "The American looks at it and says, ‘One day I’m going to live in that place.’ The Irishman looks at it and says, ‘One day I’m going to get the b------ who lives in that place.’"

For this filthy rich Marxist materialist, America is the mansion. American workers are the b------s. And what he wants to get is our hard-earned pay.

This should inspire exactly one application of Mr. Hewson’s ideology: Level it against him and that pernicious class of millionaires to which he belongs, the foreign rock star.

They live in mansions. Many, if not most, are b-------s. Let’s get their pay.

Unfortunately, rather than seize Bono’s U.S. earnings, Bush invited him to a speech at the Inter-American Development Bank. In the speech, Bush proposed a three-year, $5-billion increase in U.S. foreign aid. Yet, in proposing his Bono-driven aid bonus, Bush correctly attacked the underlying premises of foreign aid itself.

"Contrary to popular belief," said Bush, "most funds for development do not come from international aid. They come from domestic capital, from foreign investment and especially from trade."

Right—that’s why development does not happen where governments steal capital and loot foreign investors.

His new aid program, Bush said, will "reward nations that root out corruption, respect human rights and adhere to the rule of law," and "where people can start and operate a small business without running the gauntlets of bureaucracy and bribery." Of course, Bush then correctly conceded, if regimes that receive foreign aid actually do these things "they will really no longer need it."

I’d bet Bono’s mansion that after Bush’s aid proposal runs its course Bono will be back demanding more—and Third World despots around the world still will be looting their peoples.

The principal difference between then and now is that the despots then will have more of our tax dollars.

Perhaps Bono has given Republicans an even better opportunity than the temptation to take him at his word and seize his wealth. It is a chance to debunk the false pretense of his argument.

Bono is right about the problem. Much of the world lives a miserable existence, subjected to disease and poverty it should be the lot of no human person to endure. But Bono is wrong about the solution. It is not government. It is freedom. Man is not elevated by the state, he is elevated by his own exertions when the state gets out of his way.

That used to be the Republicans’ theme song. Have they forgotten how it goes?


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: bono; clashofcivilizatio; hollywoodpinglist; irishlist; unlist
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1 posted on 03/24/2002 10:26:59 AM PST by The Old Hoosier
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To: The Old Hoosier
Bono—who writes lyrics like "Alright alright, alright, alright, alright/It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright

He also wrote HEY BABY HEY BABY HEY.....

The guy has talent..LOL..

I liked Bono when I was in HS and early college but then I grew up.

2 posted on 03/24/2002 10:41:09 AM PST by alisasny
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To: The Old Hoosier
From now on, I expect every Freeper to refer to me as "Bono" SkyPilot

And yesterday, I saw a little Golden Retirever with a limp....broke my heart...I wish you all would do something about it.

3 posted on 03/24/2002 10:41:39 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: The Old Hoosier
Just another Limousine Liberal. Live to the right talk to the left. A pretentious fop. I hate to see Bush pander to a phony character like this.
4 posted on 03/24/2002 10:44:33 AM PST by veronica
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To: The Old Hoosier
"100% taxation"
"seize his wealth"
These suggestions from a conservative publication?
Is it a humor magazine, like MAD, or am I missing something?
I really don't know.
T
5 posted on 03/24/2002 10:46:09 AM PST by AzJP
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To: SkyPilot
I was riding in my Limo the other day and I saw this poor guy riding his bicycle to work in the rain... I sure wish somebody would give that poor man a ride!
6 posted on 03/24/2002 10:46:42 AM PST by gridlock
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To: SkyPilot
Call me Moon Unit Registered. I kinda like this.
7 posted on 03/24/2002 10:47:33 AM PST by Registered
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To: AzJP
Come on. Lighten up, pal. It's humor.
8 posted on 03/24/2002 10:47:36 AM PST by The Old Hoosier
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To: SkyPilot
If you really lived up to your namesake, you wouldn't sit there and wish we'd all do something about it - you'd be off persuading the powers-that-be to make us all do something about it. Maybe "Boner" is better than "Bono" ;)
9 posted on 03/24/2002 10:47:44 AM PST by general_re
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To: AzJP
He's being sarcastic.
10 posted on 03/24/2002 10:47:54 AM PST by Registered
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To: alisasny
I liked Bono when I was in HS and early college but then I grew up.

Amazing how seeing 40% of you pay confiscated from each check can turn even the most pathos intoxicated liberal into a conservative.

Bono, beating the drum for the Dems, forever trying to improve the lot of all through the toil of others…

Owl _ Eagle
“Guns before butter.”

11 posted on 03/24/2002 10:48:29 AM PST by South Hawthorne
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To: Registered
I always wanted a sister - can I be Dweezil Re? ;)
12 posted on 03/24/2002 10:49:01 AM PST by general_re
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To: The Old Hoosier; mtngrl@vrwc
The lyrics comment was not fair, and written by someone who doesn't know crap about U2. Bono is an amazing artist and he has given great amounts of his own personal wealth away. Too bad people that are very uneducated about him try to take pot shots at him.
13 posted on 03/24/2002 10:52:01 AM PST by lawgirl
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To: SkyPilot
I'm now 'Ozzy' Kaygeeninekid.
14 posted on 03/24/2002 10:53:00 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The Old Hoosier
Oh, golly! Another liberal "artist." Add him to the bin. You'd think with all of them running around caring so conspicuously, they'd have done some good over the years. But nothing seems to be any better.

I dare say that toppling one leftist government would go farther toward true "liberation" of the Third World than all the U2 benefits ever will.

15 posted on 03/24/2002 10:56:15 AM PST by IronJack
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To: The Old Hoosier, Registered
Oh.
If that's sarcasm...
Kinda' hard to imagine a comment like that injuring his self-respect, such that it may be.
As if I cared.
T
16 posted on 03/24/2002 10:56:30 AM PST by AzJP
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To: lawgirl
Too bad people that are very uneducated about him try to take pot shots at him.

I would agree with you were it not for the fact that Bono wants to force me and other Americans to give our hard-earned money to corrupt third world countries.

17 posted on 03/24/2002 10:58:01 AM PST by timm22
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To: The Old Hoosier
I find it insane that we give any foreign aid at all, when we have so many of our own citizens with no health insurance, mental patients living on the street because there's no asylums for them, lines of addicts waiting to get into rehab, and so forth ..

Charity begins at home. Especially when it's Americans's own money being taken from them and given to non-americans.

18 posted on 03/24/2002 10:58:46 AM PST by A Ruckus of Dogs
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To: Registered
Then I'll be Dweezil Nonliberal.
19 posted on 03/24/2002 10:59:42 AM PST by nonliberal
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To: The Old Hoosier
U2 ran an anti-NRA film at their concerts last year.
Bono attacks OUR rights, just say NO to BONO.
Sonny was the ONLY good BONO.
2nd Amendment Rights:
Attacks on American Muslims Reaffirm Wisdom of 2nd Amendment

Gun Owners of America

Women Against Gun Control


The Firearms Coalition NEAL KNOX


20 posted on 03/24/2002 11:00:13 AM PST by luvzhottea
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