Ethics Hero: Bill Gates

Funny, he doesn't LOOK evil...

Funny, he doesn’t LOOK evil...

Yes, it’s really this bad: a prominent liberal and Democrat qualifies as an Ethics Hero because he’s willing to give Donald Trump a chance.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told CNBC this morning that after speaking with the President Elect, he believes that Donald Trump has an opportunity to establish “American leadership through innovation,” Trump’s fellow billionaire told  “Squawk Box”:

“A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like…But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation….Of course, my whole career has been along those lines. And he was interested in listening to that. And I’m sure there will be further conversation.”

What could possibly prompt Gates to keep his head while all around him are losing theirs and blaming it on Trump? I see six possibilities:

1. It might be because he has an open mind. Inventive geniuses are like that, I’ve heard.

2. It could be that since Gates is a billionaire, he isn’t naturally biased against other billionaires.

3. Or maybe all billionaires are evil, as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tell us, and Trump just recruited Gates into his scheme to use the Presidency to become a gazillionaire…

4. It could be that having actually met and talked to Trump, and he didn’t try to eat Gates’ head, set him on fire, or enlist him into a plot with Russia and the KKK to take over the world, he discovered that Trump’s actually thinking about ways to make the United States better, and isn’t the evil monster Democrats feel is such an existential threat that it justifies them trying to throw the nation into a Constitutional crisis! I admit, this is a longshot…

5. Maybe Trump actually impressed the Microsoft genius, and he found himself thinking, “Gee, this guy is a lot smarter than I’d been led to believe. He might do a good job after all!”

6. Then again, it might be because Gates is a misogynist, racist, xenophobic moron. That’s probably it.

Fascinating.

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19 responses to “Ethics Hero: Bill Gates

  1. Wayne

    Maybe since Steve Jobs is dead and disliked Obama, he figures he could get Trump to order Windows 10 be adopted by all government agencies and MSN will tone down their anti Trump rhetoric. Just guessing.

  2. carcarwhite

    yup… Silence today from my liberal friends on facebook where they always are criticizing every move he makes.

    Wayne’s take is good too! LOL!

  3. or maybe, just maybe, Bill Gates has been infected by some horrible virus. Karma is a bitch.

  4. 7) Bill gates is a Russian imbedded sleeper cell and we all know Trump is recruiting as many Russian agents as possible into his cabinet.

    Mainstream Media told me so.

  5. Dwayne N. Zechman

    Gates is hardly an inventive genius. Name any successful Microsoft product, and I’ll tell you whom they bought it (or stole it) from.

    –Dwayne

  6. I was so looking forward to a positive ethics column, but no, not today.

  7. I think you are putting a very romantic spin on this relationship..
    I am surprised you don’t see a very shrewd business move in this. Bill Gates is a brilliant man, a brilliant businessman who has publicly questioned some of Trumps ideas.
    Now moving forward,Trump is an oil and coal guy who really isn’t convinced there’s such a thing as global warming, Gates does. Gates and some buddies just spent 1 billion dollars to work on developing cutting edge inexpensive clean energy…. so obviously there is a benefit for Gates to not to be at odds with the Donny. In his interview Gates said he talked to Donny about clean energy and its benefits.. He knows that if you comes at Trump full frontal Donny will get pissy and vow to mess up his project, like a petulant child.. So Gates goes the other way, he appeals to Donny’s ego.. because more than anything else Donny likes to be pet and praised, told what an amazing guy he is.. You see, because Bill Gates is brilliant and Trump THINKS he (trump) is brilliant.. this works
    Look at what Gates said, he COULD be like JFK , He COULD do innovative things and improve the US. He didn’t actually say he would.. But people hear and interpret things the way they want, as illustrated by your dreamy response as well as Trump’s
    You are right though, in saying that Gates is an ethics hero. He does keep the greater good in mind., he is well respected, . If Trump could be 1/2 the man Gates is maybe we would stand a chance.

    • Is Bill Gates known to be a habitual liar? If he is, I missed it, so Occam’s Razor applies. The simplest explanation is that someone is saying what he means. Your conclusion, as opposed to mine, is based on a presumption that no one in his right mind could possible see a Trump presidency as a possible or likely benefit to the nation. That’s your bias. It’s not dreamy to begin with the assumption that a good man isn’t lying.

    • ARRRGH! I did it again! Stop making provocative but unethical comments that I can’t resist answering! I didn’t even look at the name. If you want to be unbanned, you can write me an email and ask to be re-admitted to the comments. That’s the rule. Otherwise, you’re banned. As I’ve said. Twice.

  8. Neil Dorr

    Jack,
    “… and isn’t the evil monster Democrats feel is such an existential threat …”

    Just Democrats?

    • I’ve gotten this reply on Facebook, too. It’s intellectually dishonest sophistry. The Democrats are the ones protesting, demanding recounts, claiming the election is invalid and telling everyone who will listen that they are “scared.” The college students sucking their thumbs in a fetal position are virtually all Democrats, as are the administrators enabling them. I have not read a conservative or Republican predicting pogroms and a Fourth Reich. Before the election? Different story. But that was then, this is now. The Democrats are the ones disgracing themselves by doing what they condemned Trump for even suggesting that he “might” do, and their excuse for behaining like this is, in sum, “he’s special, an existential threat to us all, aka, “a monster.”

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