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Discussion in 'In the News' started by Lon Tanner, Jul 21, 2021.
I am a fan and not a critic of this well motivated successful entrepreneur.
Yeah. Congrats. He went up to the edge of space and came back.
Some of the media are all gushy about the flight touting it as even greater than the flights of Shepard and Glen. Somehow I’m just not that impressed when compared to the real hero’s who did what they did because it was another barrier that hadn’t been crossed.
Think about it. Americans go into space and stay at the space lab for an indefinite amount of time and yet, most folks do not even know their names.
They’re in real space, doing real work and taking real space walks because it’s something they had to fight for and train for a very long time in order to be even considered for a flight to the station.
But let a billionaire buy his way onto the launchpad and not even hit space and he’s a hero.
Do heroes of this kind have to pay taxes?
In one form or another, everyone pays taxes.
Why do you quote me when asking a question that doesn’t have any context or bearing on the subject?
I listened to all of the post-flight presser and was impressed with his vision and plans for the next chapter of the space race, and his intention to pioneer climate stabilizing technologies in an energy sustainable way. Also impressive was his gifting two people with $100 million each for them to donate to causes that help the disadvantaged in a myriad of ways. Good for him.
Oh there’s no doubt that he’s a philanthropist and has proven that part over and over.
The part I’m not particularly impressed with is his flight or maybe I’m just not as impressed with it nor him as the media is.
From observing CNN on YouTube, I was sure they were going to pronounce him some sort of deity or suggest he be king.
I don't think of Bezos as a hero and I don't think that he thinks it either. He pays plenty in taxes and so do his hundreds of employees.