Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bill Gates: Please don't allow your children to take jobs away from those who really need them

A couple of days ago, the Daily Mail published what it modestly headlined A rare and remarkable interview with the world's second richest man, in which we learn that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates's children tease him by singing that "Billionaire" song to him, he's friends with the leader singer of the rock and roll band called U2 (sorry, I forgot his name already), his kids don't get iPods because he doesn't like Apple stuff (I guess that's how people can tell him apart from me), and that he's "given away" about $28 billion.

Also, there's this:
He won’t specify what they [his three children] will get, but the reports that they’ll receive ‘only’ $10 million each can’t be far off, because he concedes, ‘It will be a minuscule portion of my wealth. It will mean they have to find their own way.

'They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work. They are normal kids now. They do chores, they get pocket money.’
There aren't a lot of jobs out there right now. If an employer -- any employer -- has one available, and he has two applicants, one being the son of Joe Schmoe, the Nobody, and the other being the son of Bill Gates, the guy who created all that computer stuff and the second richest person in the world, who do you think that employer is going to hire?

When you don't give your kids all the billions of dollars they'll need to live in the manner to which they've become accustomed, they're going to have to find jobs. Please don't force the rest of the world to compete with them. You might think you're doing "the right thing" for them, that you're helping them build character and etc, but it's unfair to everyone else. No matter what advantages you give or refuse to give them, they're still your offspring.

Please, take them out of circulation so that the rest of our children don't have to compete with them for jobs. They don't need those jobs. Ours do. If you weren't so damned selfish you'd see that.

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