“Dear Bill Gates,
I get it. You’re rich and you want to stay that way. Good for you. I see it as a good thing that you’re not running Microsoft anymore. First, poor people get to live better thanks to some of your money. Second, your handpicked successor was a total dud. His successor made Microsoft worth more than you. Maybe you’re just pissed that Apple won the mobile revolution and Microsoft never showed up to play.”
Anyone with that much money who complains about the system that got him there needs to cry me a river.
I came across a few headlines this week that tell me how rich people think.
Bill Gates Doesn’t Rule Out Voting For Trump If Democrats Make Him Pay Too Much in Taxes
More words for Mr. Bill:
“Vote for whomever you want, but is it possible that you having to pay more in taxes might be beneficial to other human beings besides yourself?”
Bill Gates, a man who’s worth an estimated $107 billion, suggested on Wednesday he’d be open to voting for President Donald Trump in 2020 if the Democrats try to make him pay his fair share in taxes. The bizarre suggestion is just the latest sign that American oligarchs are prepared to support an authoritarian if Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax moves forward.
“How much of what you’re worth should go to taxes is the issue and from what I can see of the past few decades– which helped to make you one of the richest men on earth– lower taxes helped.
Higher taxes– now that you have more worth than most countries– might help other human beings, too.”
Warren’s proposed wealth tax wouldn’t make him pay $100 billion, but even if it did, Gates would have about $7 billion left over. In reality, Warren’s wealth tax would be 2 percent annually on people worth over $50 million and 3 percent annually on Americans worth over $1 billion. The tax would bring in roughly $2.75 trillion in revenue over 10 years, according to Warren, and would fund things like education and health care for all Americans.
“How long will it take to bring that $100-billion down to $7-billion at 2-percent per year? Most people would have forgotten about Bill Gates by then. I know many Windows PC users who would like to forget you.
So, what else you got to complain about Mr. Gazillionaire?”
Liam Tung found a few things:
There’s no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone operating system. And so instead of using Android today, you would be using Windows Mobile
Yes, the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft but not bad enough.
Your timing was good. iPhone was launched in 2007. You retired from Microsoft in 2008. Did you see the handwriting on the wall? Look. Microsoft lost. Get over it.”
I was just too distracted and I screwed that up because of the distraction. We were just three months too late with the release that Motorola would have used on a phone. So it’s a winner-takes-all game, that’s for sure, but now nobody here has even heard of Windows Mobile.
Good riddance. Even Android is better than any mobile OS Microsoft foisted upon humanity in the name of ever-increasing riches for company executives.
Sour grapes much, Mr. Bill? Cry me a river.