"I think (the ultra-wealthy) actually have an insufficient influence," Griffin said in an interview at Citadel's downtown office. "Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet." [emphasis mine]Hedge-fund billionaires like Griffin have a "duty" to protect the system that made them billionaires off of schemes like credit derivatives - schemes that nearly destroyed our economy. Gosh, too bad no one listens to them...
I guess I'll have to give some away - but not to poor people:
In the 2012 election cycle, Griffin has given $150,000 to Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, and more than $560,000 to the Republican Governors Association. In recent years, Griffin and his wife Anne have given $800,000 to AmericanCrossroads, founded by Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove.What can anyone say in the face of such greed, arrogance, and sociopathy? George, take it away (not suitable for work - sorry if you're squeamish about the language, but the truth is worth it):
The Griffins also have given approximately $1.5 million over time to David and Charles Koch's conservative causes, which operate under the umbrella Americans for Prosperity. Structured as a nonprofit, its donors are not disclosed, making it a lightning rod for advocates of campaign finance reform.
ADDING, My lord, how could I leave this out?!?! Griffin gave $500,000 to Jonah Edleman to screw Illinois teachers. As I wrote at the time:
Ken Griffin, who is... surprise, a hedge fund manager! Just like Derrell Bradford's bosses. Griffin apparently sees a lot of turnover in his firm because he's a real piece of work to deal with.These are the people who are funding the reformy movement. They have a "duty" to tell you how your schools should be run, and a "duty" to give teachers the shaft.
Everyone OK with this?