Media Musings Blog Archive A billionaire budget lesson Sitting atop his vast unimaginable wealth, Bill Gates seems the unlikely person to give us an overdue reality check.
But in anopinion piece for theDaily Telegraph today, the richest man in the world () hassucceeded in making me a not so affluent university student think about how great we have it in this sun parched land of ours. Sure, he written a fairly blatant suck up piece for the Australian public, but where his finesse lies is in the attempt to draw our attention to the greater issues that can be so easily drowned out by the daily spin of politics. Bill Gates: the good billionaire As Mr Gates points out, budget has been a big topic of debate in recent weeks. can imagine a lot of people up in arms at the nerve of a guy with a net worth of $67 billion, daring to discuss our nation spending on foreign aid, as flattering as it may be. Mr Gates isn always on the moralhigh ground as Co Founder and Chairman of Microsoft, his company has been accused and found guilty ofmonopolising markets in the past. However, in his efforts to help the less fortunate on the planet, it hard to deny that Bill Gates is a top shelf bloke. Let just do a quick comparison with our billionaires: Clive Palmer the only person in the world who is ACTUALLY going to re create the the king of the world! scene by re building the Titanic Gina Rinehart won even donate to her kids, highly doubtful she's about to save a third world nation Through their foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates have not only donated billions of dollars for charity, but also combined a business savvy approach to finding solutions to world poverty. Rather than chucking money at a complex problem, Bill Gates is investing in research to combat hunger and disease in the long term. Back in Australia, no matter what side of the political fence you sit on, to argue that our budget cannot handle more foreign aid is pathetic. We somehow been panicked into thinking the deficit is so large that our economy is in dire straits. I calling BULLSHIT. 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