Warren Buffett, who has achieved a level of financial success to which Donald Trump could only dream, has a message for the president.
The financier says that Trump needs to get off his high horse, because America is already “great.” The United States doesn’t need Donald Trump’s so-called policies in order to move forward effectively. We were doing just fine without him.
Buffett detailed his positions in an annual letter to shareholders of his Berkshire Hathaway company.
In his remarks, he described the progress that the United States has made towards the cause of human development as “miraculous,” noting that in the short time span that we’ve existed as a nation that we’ve gone from crude methods of living to incredible technological advancements and the like.
‘One word sums up our country’s achievements: miraculous. From a standing start 240 years ago — a span of time less than triple my days on earth — Americans have combined human ingenuity, a market system, a tide of talented and ambitious immigrants, and the rule of law to deliver abundance beyond any dreams of our forefathers.’
As he went on to note, the living conditions in America at present are by and large light-years ahead of the living conditions that we started out with and those found elsewhere on the globe.
Indeed, it’s something that many well-intentioned pastors have pointed out, in an effort to inspire thankfulness; the fact that we in America have the opportunity to fight for the rights of traditionally marginalized communities means a lot. It’s easy to take the lofty intellectualism of some of the arguments in which we engage ourselves as a nation for granted, but it remains the case nonetheless that the United States is on the pinnacle of modern human civilization.
As Warren Buffett went on:
‘However our wealth may be divided, the mind-boggling amounts you see around you belong almost exclusively to Americans. You need not be an economist to understand how well our system has worked. Just look around you. See the 75 million owner-occupied homes, the bountiful farmland, the 260 million vehicles, the hyper-productive factories, the great medical centers, the talent-filled universities, you name it — they all represent a net gain for Americans from the barren lands, primitive structures and meager output of 1776.’
Buffett eventually added that he believes that the necessary progress to ensure continued positive human development will take place in the United States, saying, “I’ll repeat what I’ve both said in the past and expect to say in future years: Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.”
Indeed, although Trump would paint the United States as a land filled with “carnage,” as he did in his inaugural address, such only serves the purpose of getting his base riled up. Instead of disregarding the progress that America has made in order to cling to some vestiges of past power, the president ought to build on what we’ve done in order to keep moving forward. Instead of tearing down what we’ve built, a president ought to work with what we have and move forward from there.
Trump, however, isn’t interested in doing any of that.
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