Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Dec 18, 2005.
The Gates and Bono
I agree that a better choice would have been the brave people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Lebanon.
however, I have no issues with Bono or Bill Gates getting awarded.
Both have revolutionized "doing good for the world".
Gates is doing a far better job at providing foreign aid than the US government, UN and every other NGO on the planet. His innovative strategy: run his program like a business... if he sets up an AIDS clinic in Tanzania, within 3 years it will be self-sufficient, with its own nursing center/school built nearby to introduce a new crop of trained nurses and care providers every year after a 3 year school, and just miles away a small plastics center that can create the prequisite needles and other items the clinic needs. Absolutely revolutionary in this day and age compared to what everyone else is doing.
Gates scares the hell out of NGO's, governments and other wealthy individuals who hand out money because he's highly competitive in the sense that he spurs reform, innovation and efficency.
If he continues at the pace he's on now (28 billion dollars or so "invested" (not donated) in various development and health care innovations), there could be tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of people, who will indirectly or directly benefit from his programs.
He's America's best represenative overseas, the intelligent, astute capitalist with a concern for the future.
Bono is a new breed of celebrity, highly educated about his cause, well-travelled with it, well-versed in the politics and schematics of advocating the cause. Besides star power and charisma, there is a damn good reason everyone from Jesse Helms to Barrack Obama pay attention to Bono, he know's what he's talking about and he means what he's saying. He's also not like some celebrities and advocates/activists who don't know when to say when, he's quite politically awaree of his limitations and his strengths. He's willing to compromise, he's willing to deal.
i guess i don't have an issue with bill gates. he took an idea and ran with it, and uses some of his own money towards the greater good.
i still don't know what Bono is known for other than singing (and not all that great IMO), and running his mouth about American things when he's not even from this country. People say he does all this charity work and he knows what he's talking about, etc. How is this? Their tour schedule doesn't look like it allows for much time to do anything. Not only that, why is it HE who knows what he's talking about? Has he run a country? Been elected into ANY office? Run a business (no, his band doesn't count-he has an agent for that)?
Yes, I know everyone is going to say I am biased, and yes, I am. So what of it? But J.K. Rowling was on the list for voting as well. I think she should be in place of Bono. She frequently donates signed Harry Potter books and large sums of money to charitable organizations, namely multiple sclerosis charities. She uses her influential powers to aid those who are in need of help, such as the mentally disabled children who had been caged in hospitals in the Czech Republic. She has reintroduced kids to reading books-a skill that no charity can throw enough money at to do the same. And she doesn't need a press release done for any of it.
I just don't think that being a nice, filthy rich person who gives to charity (even if you give millions), should qualify you for "Person/People of the Year."
I know people who give 10% of their salaries to Habitat for Humanity every year without fail...not to mention the weekends they spend building homes for people in need...I can tell you without doubt, their 10% to charity hurts them A LOT more than the Gates' donations hurt them, why not choose someone whose donations actually mean giving up luxuries for themselves?
Please don't misunderstand, I have quite a bit of respect for Bill Gates and Bono...and I do not begrudge them their money, they've earned it...good for them. I admire them greatly for the amount they give...I just don't think what they do is worthy of that label...
Not when, as others have so wisely pointed out...we have people who brave death every day to make a difference in the future of their families and their nations.
If Time wants to be Politically Correct...how about giving the title to the brave women of Iraq and Afganistan?
i have a better idea now.
zarqawi and the dems like pelosi, kennedy, kerry and dean.
"for showing us the true face of the evil we fight in the WOT and for showing the world the futility and shame of backing down from the fight"
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