Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Responding to Trump: many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would make good candidates for president, but not many want to

While looking at the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed at breakfast today about the Federal Reserve’s likely raising rates soon (link) and noting that Wall Street is doing well this morning I thought again about the GOP candidates, and asked myself, what if Peter Thiel were a candidate?

Well, there’s a problem.  He was born in West Germany.  So I guess he can’t.  Wikipedia lists him as with the Libertarian Party.  He could fit into the Rand Paul part of the party, if he were eligible.  I then looked up Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake in “The Social Network”), also worth about the same amount (a bit less than Donald Trump), and now only 36.  Mark Zuckerberg would be only 32 on Inauguration Day, so he can’t.  We could ask, why not Bill Gates?  Or Melinda?

Donald Trump runs around bragging that he is rich and strong.  Carly Fiorina has faded.  But it makes sense that the conservative party could nominate a “sensible” candidate who has run businesses most of his or her  life.  Mitt Romney had been billed as a potential “CEO” for the US.

Some of these business people are Democrats, as are many on Wall Street.  But the real point is to get candidates up there who will solve real problems, not just vilify potential enemies with rhetoric.

There is a lot made of the philanthropy of some of the business persons I have mentioned.  While, in church, we hear a lot about “rightsizing” and working directly with the poor – and even to the point of sending high school and college age youth to poor countries to volunteer and “walk in others’ shoes” (I’ve talked about that with respect to efforts in Belize, Nicaragua, and Kenya before) there’s another kind of philanthropy, which Peter Thiel represents, which is funding innovation that can solve real infrastructure problems.  (That’s talked about in the book about Taylor Wilson [Nov. 7] which I reviewd on the Books blog yesterday.  It’s access to this sort of activity that might have motivated Mark and Priscilla to set up an LLC for their giving.

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