Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Better Spent Elsewhere

  If you had an extra $100 million that you didn't need, what would you do with it? I have a few ideas what I'd do, but apparently some people need some guidance.


Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business. So the criticisms that he’s trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. “Those people are either jealous or professional critics,” Adelson tells me during his first interview since he and his wife began funneling $11 million, with another $10 million injection widely expected, into the former speaker’s super PAC, Winning Our Future. “They like to trash other people. It’s unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”

Adelson, the 78-year-old CEO of casino giant Las Vegas Sands,  certainly can afford to: With a net worth of roughly $25 billion, that $11 million, which jolted Gingrich’s flatlining presidential bid back to life, equates to 0.044% of his fortune. For someone with a $1 million net worth, the equivalent would be $440, or a two-night stay at Adelson’s Venetian casino. Adelson could personally fund an entire presidential campaign—say, $1 billion or so—and not even notice....

Can you believe that $100 million would be wasted on a buffoon like Newt Gingrich???? Adelson has the right to do whatever he wishes with his money, but instead of giving it to a person, wouldn't it be better to give it to------

- a food bank that benefits unemployed families.
- the surviving families of our American heroes.
- building homes for the homeless in this country.
- helping the elderly.
- supporting scholarships for gifted students.
- helping a community like Joplin, Missouri to rebuild their schools and hospitals.
- starting a job training center for unemployed, unskilled young people.

Mr. Adelson needs some help.