21
Sep
10

Anything government can do, the private sector can do better*

…even extraordinarily wasteful smug self-righteousness.

Before you click — who do you think Marko’s ranting about?  My first guess was Al Gore.  Turns out I’m wrong!

Bono’s charity, ONE, is the poster child for feel-good limousine liberal activism.  In 2008, they took in $14 million in donations, and disbursed a mere $184,000 (or 1%) to charities.  A whopping $8 million (or 57%) of those donations went to executive and employee salaries.  Meanwhile, ONE spends a bunch of cash sending expensive schwag to New York newsrooms to make them help convince the government to cough up $6 billion of taxpayer cash to fight AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa.

Bono.  Of course.

Don’t get me wrong — I like the idea of fighting AIDS and tuberculosis in “Africa” (’cause to smug rich Irishmen, “Africa” is one homogeneous abstract whole, I guess).  Of all the things Those Fuckers Out East can do with my taxes, buying condoms and sewer systems for “African” neighbourhoods is one of my favourites.  But, y’know… this is to charity what superhero comics are to sex.  You get a half-assed depiction of a tight costume and ink all over your fingers.  Congratulations, fuckers: you get a little shot of irrelevant smugness and Bono gets a new pair of sunglasses.

But he’s not buying new shades for himself.  He’s buying new shades to lobby the media, and that makes it okay.

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* So far nobody’s topped the Great Leap Forward or the Rape of Nanking, no matter what you’ve been told about Blackwater.

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3 Responses to “Anything government can do, the private sector can do better*”


  1. September 21, 2010 at 14:27

    1%; ONE PERCENT!!! That’s ridiculous; I donate far more (which at 1% really isn’t that difficult) of my wage to charity (I checked one of those charity watch sites and my prefered charity spends about 1% of donations on things other than helping the poor). You’d do better just to give me the cash. ;-)

    Perhaps someone should start a charity called “Ninety-Nine” (or Ninety-Five to give you some more money for Admin).

  2. September 21, 2010 at 20:17

    “Any cheap show-off who’s got nothing to parade but his cash, is bad enough–except he makes no bones about the cash being his, and you’re free to gape at him or not, as you wish, and mostly you don’t. But when a bastard like Gerald Starnes puts on an act and keeps spouting that he doesn’t care for material wealth, that he’s only serving ‘the family,’ that all the lushness is not for himself, but our sake and for the common good, beacuse it’s necessary to keep up the prestige of the company and of the noble plan in the eyes of the public–then that’s when you learn to hate the creature as you’ve never hated anything human.”
    –Jeff Allen, Atlas Shrugged

    I swear, we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel.


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