Joseph Reichert seems like a smart fellow. But he just can’t get beyond his progressive feelings towards Republicans. In a recent letter, he listed the liberal poster boy’s for charitable giving. Bill Gates, who was shamed into philanthropy about 10 years go when liberals started attacking rich people and Warren Buffet, whom I suspect the same thing happened.
Reichert couldn’t resist slamming Mitt Romney and George Bush. Point of fact: Romney, (a self made man, who donated his inheritance to charity) and with a net worth of $254 million) gives 14 percent of his annual salary to charity, albeit mostly to the Mormon church.
Contrast that with the following: Owl Gore, with a net worth of $350 million is a notorious skinflint. In 1997, when he made almost $200,000, donated $350.00.
John Kerry, who earned his fortune by selectively/exclusively marrying rich women, and worth $250 million, gave zero percent in 1995, but scraped together $500,000 to buy a painting. Anyone remember when he hid his $7 million yacht in Rhode Island to avoid taxes?
Liberal icon Ted Kennedy was a huge 1 percent giver. Unfortunately for him, cash tips to bartenders and barmaids were not tax deductible.
The Clinton’s give about 9.35 percent to charity, (The Clinton Crime Family Foundation) meaning they donate to themselves. Dick Cheney is known as a tightwad, but he once donated 77 percent of his annual income to charity. On the plus side, in 2005 he did shoot a lawyer in the face, which should count for something.
Roddy D. Riggs