Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos did a pretty nice thing last week by way of announcing he was making a rather sizable donation to several charitable organizations across America who help the homeless:
Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, announced on Thursday he has donated $98.5 million to 32 organizations in 23 states that are helping homeless families. The gifts to each organization received ranged from $1.25 million to $5 million.
The Amazon founder and CEO gave the money through his Bezos Day One Fund, which he announced in September 2018. At launch, Bezos pledged $2 billion to the fund, which has two areas of focus: funding the work of organizations who help homeless families, and creating Montessori-inspired preschools across the country.
The day that the new gifts were announced, Bezos filed with the Securities Exchange Commission that he was donating 56,702 share of Amazon stock — worth just under $99 million — to nonprofits.
The article also noted that Bezos donated $97.5 million last year to charities fighting homelessness.
If you’re like most people, you read the news and probably thought, ok, I’m sure there’s some PR/tax write-off considerations at play here but still, good on Bezos for providing those charities with the funds that will help those groups do more for homeless families in their communities. And then you moved on to other news.
But for liberals who believe the money you earn, save, and invest is not your own, Bezos’ large contributions are not nearly enough. Here are just a few of the many reactions from the Usual Suspects on social media to the news:
Jeff Bezos is the richest man in America. Estimates suggest that he donated .1% of his wealth to charity last year. https://t.co/3wEd6u3Cwu
— Vox (@voxdotcom) November 25, 2019
People are sucking up to Jeff Bezos after he gave 0.09% of his net worth to charity. A constant ‘donation’ of tax would alleviate the issues this PR stunt tackles.
— Michael (@Michael_Dunn4) November 25, 2019
A whopping .09% of his net worth. Thanks so much Jeff.
— punkassbamboo (@punkassbamboo) November 22, 2019
The UK’s Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of the more notable critics of Bezos’ announcement:
That’s 0.09% of your net worth.
Just pay your taxes. https://t.co/KEke1NUE8E
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 24, 2019
socialists Democrats and major news media outlets like the New York Times have complained that Amazon “pays $0 in corporate taxes”, but the claim is demonstrably false, as Kevin Williamson documented earlier this year.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) noticed Corbyn’s tweet and dunked on him, making a timely point about how liberals like Corbyn (and Sanders, Warren and others like them) should never be given power — because to them, no amount of money you contribute will be enough (because they’d rather government do the taking and deciding instead):
The politics of resentment and envy at work here folks.
If $98.5 million for the homeless doesn’t satisfy the socialists, nothing will.
We should never give them power. https://t.co/0oWhG5dP1z
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 25, 2019
Bezos has contributed to the election campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats over the years, but on balance more of the donations have gone to Democrats. He and President Trump have frequently been at odds.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –