Buffet Is A Smart Man


I was looking through articles and news about Warren Buffet, his compensation and his taxes.  He makes a remarkable amount of money.  And I have great admiration for the man.  His simple down to earth nature, his favorite activity is to have a bowl of popcorn and watch the Corn Huskers play football.  I like his common sense approach to business, I think he once mentioned that if he had purchased the Red Sox, he wouldn’t try and manage how Ted Williams approached hitting.

No, tax policy aside, I have great regard for the man.  And even in the tax debate, he showed a glimpse of his genius:

Becky: OK, there were a couple of emails that came in that people that said if you think the government should be able to tax more money, why don’t you just give your money away to the government instead of charity.

Buffett: Well, that’s a choice and it’s an option that… If I had to give it to a single individual, or make some young Buffett a multi-billionaire, or give it to the government, I’d absolutely give it to the government. I think that on balance the Gates Foundation, my daughter’s foundation, my two sons’ foundations, will do a better job with lower administrative costs and better selection of beneficiaries than the government.

Indeed.  I have little doubt that Buffet’s three children would do a better job with that money.

My only question is this:

Why does Buffet reserve the right to keep and spend his money as he sees fit but denies that same right to all other people?

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2 comments
  1. Alan Scott said:

    pimo,

    ” Why does Buffet reserve the right to keep and spend his money as he sees fit but denies that same right to all other people? ”

    You see a great man and expect perfection . Great businessmen frequently have great flaws . Henry Ford was so Anti Semitic that he received a medal from Adolf Hitler on his birthday .

    • pino said:

      You see a great man and expect perfection . Great businessmen frequently have great flaws .

      Fair enough. Everyone gets a batting average.

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