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Climbing the ladder and then pulling it up

John Hawkins a href=”http://rightwingnews.com/mt331/2009/02/rwns_walter_williams_interview.php”interviews/a economics Professor Walter Williams on his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0817949127?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0817949127″emLiberty versus the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0817949127″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / One point of Williams I found poignant:br /br /blockquote…There is so much demagoguery against the rich and in that column I was asking the reader: Bill Gates, the richest person on the face of the earth — what can Bill Gates make you do? That is, during the 70s and 80s, the era of busing, could he have made you send your kid to a school that you did not want him to go to? Can Bill Gates deny you the right to dig holes on your property or put up a little shed on your property? He cannot do any of those things, but a lowly town clerk can…destroy your life just by denying you a permit to add an addition to your house. Bill Gates can’t stop you from doing that. I think that politicians and those that want to control our lives get us to focus away from the power that government has over our lives and cast our attention to rich people. /blockquotebr /br /It seems to me that Bill Gates has played right into the hand of the politicians dissing rich people. He has a href=”http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzMyNDA1MWQyMWMwOTQ3YTk4NDM1ZDNlZWU0MTlkMWU=#more”publicly criticized /athe very capitalism that helped him get where he is now so that others may not benefit, like he did. He climbed the ladder and now wants to pull it up behind him. Have you noticed how many people who become billionaires do that?