Tuesday, November 19, 2013

'The Giving Pledge' and 'the Pledge to Get More...'




Andrew Carnegie said, “The man who dies rich dies disgraced”...

There are apparently a group of billionaires who have determine not to have such shame associated with their demise. This Billionaire's Club reported in this '60 Minutes' segment, represent an uber philanthropy the like of which the world may not have seen since the turn of the 20th century. That wealth, properly directed, can cure diseases, influence public policy, enhance education and provide employment training and employment for billions on this planet. I could suggest that that these families direct their wealth toward a few more solvable problems here at home, but then again, neither Bill or Melinda Gates nor Warren Buffet have consulted me. That being said, the very thought that the men and women have banded together to use their wealth to benefit mankind to the tune of at least half of their enormous wealth is astounding!

Perhaps Warren Buffet is right, however, maybe he should put together a training on how to get by on half a billion dollars. And perhaps the first to sign up should be the Waltons...

Seems as if the Waltons, owners of the super retail giant WalMart can't imagine helping the poor in substantive ways, to enrich the lives of others, and not just any 'others', but their own employees - the one's who have made them rich.

Enter, WalMart fellow associates...

In Canton, Ohio, WalMart employees have started a campaign to give food to their co-workers they cab have a decent Thanksgiving. The Walton's whose $17 billion equal is more than the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined, have, so far, shown no inclination to contribute or, more importantly share their more than substantial earnings to provide their employees with a living wage."...Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell Univeristy’s school of labor, “That captures Wal-Mart right there. Wal-Mart is setting up bins because its employees don’t make enough to feed themselves and their families.”

WalMart has become infamous over the past several years for directing their employees to sign up for public benefits to make up for what their low wages can't provide...like food and health care. Of course that means that if this is true, every WalMart that gives a donation to his co-worker is contributing to their friends twice, once through taxes and second through charity. 

I often wonder what that indifference to others feels like. I wonder how people who have multiple times what it takes to live on can ignore the pleas of those who have helped make them super wealthy. I don't understand that. 

I don't. And I'm glad I never will...

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