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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, has announced that he is donating $98.5 million in 2019 to 32 organizations that help shelter homeless families. The billionaire's charity foundation, the Bezos Day 1 Fund, announced the donations on Thursday. Bezos launched the foundation in September 2018, pledging $2 billion to fund it.

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Maybe one of his charities will give some assistance to his employees. They certainly won't get any from him. He sort of reminds me of Carnegie, who built a bunch of libraries while he killed his workers.

#1 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-11-23 12:12 PM | Reply

"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, has announced that he is donating $98.5 million in 2019"

Good on him...

I just never saw the need to announce I was giving to charity.

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-11-23 06:52 PM | Reply

I just never saw the need to announce I was giving to charity.
#2 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS

Yet you just did ....

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-11-23 07:02 PM | Reply

Yet you just did ....

#3 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS AT 2019-11-23 07:02 PM

And you just admitted you're an idiot.

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-11-23 07:47 PM | Reply

Andrea,

Well...no I don't see where Lft was tooting his own horn.

He was making a point I was thinking as well.

Bezos could have donated money without making people kiss his ring.

#5 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-23 09:29 PM | Reply

Bezos making it public can help encourage others to give.

I mean really, the faux outrage is pretty ridiculous.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-23 09:45 PM | Reply

I'd feel a lot better about this if Bezos hadn't just eliminated health care for Whole Foods part timers.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-23 09:50 PM | Reply

Down here we call those big warehouses that move all that mail order stuff "People Eaters". It's a job you take to pay off debts, or get a nest egg for a house. It isn't one to work at for long. Not unless you want to die young.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-11-24 08:54 AM | Reply

Snoofy,

"outrage"

So who's really being melodramatic here?

#9 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-24 08:55 AM | Reply

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, has announced that he is donating $98.5 million in 2019 to 32 organizations that help shelter homeless families. The billionaire's charity foundation, the Bezos Day 1 Fund, announced the donations on Thursday. Bezos launched the foundation in September 2018, pledging $2 billion to fund it.

Big, -------, deal.

It's called PR.

Bezos is scum.

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-11-24 09:17 AM | Reply

--It's called PR.

It's also called pocket change.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-11-24 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also called virtue-signaling.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-11-24 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Should be a law that says anything over one billion dollars in personal wealth be automatically donated to a charity or infrastructure project of the earners choice.
Anyone could live a full life on a billion dollars.. and if you don't like giving to charity/ infrastructure...retire and get out of the way.

No need to let the big fish constantly swallow the little fish.

#13 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-11-24 10:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I just never saw the need to announce I was giving to charity.

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds

You have to these days, liberals will accuse you of doing nothing.

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2019-11-24 03:30 PM | Reply

You have to these days...

You might. Don't foundations have to report on what they do with all the money they move around?

#15 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-11-24 03:32 PM | Reply

#13,

Then why be free? Why not have every part of our lives lawed over to ensure we act "like liberals want us to?"

Your "freedom" may be another man's hell. That's why we are a federation of states and not one mob democracy. You wouldnt be able to escape virtue people like you.

#16 | Posted by boaz at 2019-11-24 03:33 PM | Reply

If your life is so empty that even a billion dollars couldn't keep you happy and provide a long lush life.. then that's for you and your therapist to figure out because that is mental illness.

#17 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-11-24 04:23 PM | Reply

Then why be free? Why not have every part of our lives lawed over to ensure we act "like liberals want us to?"

Your "freedom" may be another man's hell. That's why we are a federation of states and not one mob democracy. You wouldnt be able to escape virtue people like you.

#16 | POSTED BY BOAZ

"Just giving" by Plutocrats like Bezos is tax deductible -- meaning that Bezos's supposed charity is subsidized by tax payers ...

Politics and Prose: Rob Reich, 'Just Giving' with Jane Mayer
drudge.com

Though acts of charity seem to have the moral high ground, Reich's critique of philanthropy as it's practiced under the current tax code finds it a threat to the public interest.

Big Philanthropy allows the affluent and their foundations to use private assets to influence public policy -- an act of power that's largely unaccountable and that channels resources into pet projects and away from democratically agreed goals.

Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford and director of Stanford's McCoy Center of Ethics in Society, argues that charitable giving can serve the greater good if individual philanthropy is differentiated from private foundations, with the former supporting public resources such as education, science, and the arts, while the latter pursues innovations that enhance democratic experimentalism.


Plutocrats ARE NOT supposed to have unaccountable out-sized influence on public policy, to include their pet projects.

That wealth needs to be appropriately taxed and directed as deemed necessary thru the democratic process.

#18 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-11-24 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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