The man worth $60 billion gives away $6 billion, and we are expected to admire him as some kind of saint. We are expected to overlook the people from whom he stole his billions—the workers at home and abroad, as well as the many thousands of companies and individuals who bought his overpriced products. He is a philanthropist, we’re told. An innovator. A job creator who really ought to be rewarded with lower taxes. We ourselves should be happy to pay more for everything rather than risk losing his largesse. Best if we turn over the government to those who represent his interests, which are also our interests—chief among them, the robust free market that has made ours the greatest nation on Earth.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.