Letter - A deeper look into George SorosThe writer’s point, of course, is that he disagrees with Soros politically. I would probably make a similar point about the Koch brothers. But then America is generally a two-party country.
To the editor:
A recent Echo letter suggested we should all check out Hungarian-born George Soros because he is “supporting everything that is un-American and a big supporter of President Obama and the DFL.” I guess the implication is that President Obama and the DFL are un-American? And speaking of Americans, I’m not sure what the writer’s point was in noting that Soros was born in Hungary – one out of eight people living in this country were born in a foreign country!
Anyway, ever willing to accede to the request, I went to my computer and immediately discovered to my horror that between 1979 and 2011, Mr. Soros gave $8 billion to human rights, public health and education causes. He is credited with playing a major role in the peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in Hungary. He also provided Europe’s largest higher education endowment to Central European University in Budapest. My only thoughts, therefore, were … what a scoundrel!
The writer’s point, of course, is that he disagrees with Soros politically. I would probably make a similar point about the Koch brothers. But then America is generally a two-party country. If the writer needs concerns about the contributions of the wealthy, he should probably look at Sheldon Adelman, who made his fortune in the gambling industry, and who contributed $10 million to the Newt Gingrich campaign. In fact, at one point in this process, a full 25 percent of the total money contributed during the Republican primaries came from just four donors. That’s the real threat to democracy.