As the old saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Four years ago, we saw the “fool and his money” play out with a great flourish on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah did a show telling us what a great guy Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire owner of Facebook, is for pledging to donate $100 million to the City of Newark. Zuckerberg naively believed the money would be used to improve Newark’s school system. Of course, the then-mayor of Newark Cory Booker was only too happy to take this white liberal sucker’s money to complete the “…are soon parted” part.
Newark is a pit of corruption masquerading as a city. It is a typical Democrat, crime-ridden, union-run town where those who seek to do anything on a large scale must first yield to the will of the local “machine.”
Zuckerberg’s plan was to donate to match gifts from other suckers so they could all feel good about themselves. Zuckerberg (or should that be “Suckerberg”?) made his first donations in hopes that the money would somehow buy him absolution for the imagined guilt he felt for having such a huge fortune at such a young age. Not surprisingly, the money went into union contract sweeteners.
Consultant fees, another Democrat tool for stealing grant money, ate up most of the rest of his “offering” to the gods of liberalism.
It is now four years since Zuckerberg’s genuflection, and not much has happened except the transfer of some of his money to a system built to protect union contracts at the expense of Newark’s schoolchildren.
His initial twenty million dollar donation is gone because, among other reasons, Zuckerberg thought his skills with a computer would easily transfer to being a brilliant philanthropist. He thought that just giving the sharks the money directly would circumvent any “meddlesome” governmental oversight, presumably by mean conservatives. The money did go directly into union and consultant pockets as Suckerberg planned; but because he helped circumvent oversight, the money has never been seen again.
Since this ploy to buy a seat at the big liberal “table” has failed, Zuckerberg has moved on to a new cause. He sponsors conservative-sounding ads designed to trick people into supporting amnesty. Since he is not as smart as he thinks he is, he is being taken for a ride by the amnesty crowd. He’s apparently not smart enough to understand that the people listening to his spots on conservative talk radio programs aren’t buying his act. He will have to keep looking for his absolution.
Maybe he can ask Jesse Jackson to take some of his money to promote “Reparations.”
A fool and his money are soon parted.
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