I always thought that George Soros was a shady character. After further research, I now know several reasons why.
Hastening Fellow Jews to the Gas Chambers
This one issue, and how he feels about it, tells you just about everything you need to know about how George Soros came to be the filthy person he is today. As a young Jew, Soros felt no guilt by helping the Nazis find and inter other Jews in concentration camps. And he participated in stealing their property. On Adam Smith's Money World on April 5th, 1993, he admitted that went with an official of the Hungarian ministry of agriculture and took over large estates of Jews who they helped send of to the concentration camps. Then, he interviewed with 60 Minutes, in which he admitted that it was actually kind of fun.
He was 14 when the Nazis entered Budapest. On December 20, 1998, there appeared this exchange between Soros and Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes":It must make it a lot easier for him to steal people's money today--without a sense of guilt.
Kroft: "You're a Hungarian Jew ..."
Kroft: "... who escaped the Holocaust ..."
Kroft: "... by posing as a Christian."
Kroft: "And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps."
Soros: "Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that's when my character was made."
Kroft: "In what way?"
Soros: "That one should think ahead. One should understand that--and anticipate events and when, when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a-- a very personal threat of evil."
Kroft: "My understanding is that you went ... went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews."
Soros: "Yes, that's right. Yes."
Kroft: "I mean, that's--that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?"
Soros: "Not, not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't ... you don't see the connection. But it was--it created no--no problem at all."
Kroft: "No feeling of guilt?"
Kroft: "For example, that, 'I'm Jewish, and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be these, I should be there.' None of that?"
Soros: "Well, of course, ... I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was--well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in the markets--that is I weren't there--of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would--would--would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the--whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the--I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt."
MediaMatters, but Only if it is Socialist.
The claim that MediaMatters.org is funded by Soros comes up fairly regularly. The most recently denial of Soros funding came last April:
In fact, Media Matters has never received funding from progressive philanthropist George Soros.
Okay. Technically that's true. If I hand several million dollars in your direction, but there is someone between us to whom I hand the money, and then that person hands the money to you, then in all hair-splitting technicality I didn't give the money to you.
Let's be a little preciser then. Soros gave the money to some of the organizations that he funds, and they gave it to Media Matters. Does that clear it up?
Well, Yeah I Guess I Did Steal From the Russians
Soros became a close friend of the Clintons during Bill Clintons presidency. Strangely, he was sent as part of an envoy who worked with the Soviets during their transition to a free market economy. During that time, billions of dollars vanished, and with it the ability of the Russian people to make a clean and successful break with Communism. Soros and other "consultants" of the Clinton Administration made out like bandits. David Ignatius of the Washington Post had this to say of that particular time in history:
What makes the Russian case so sad is that the Clinton administration may have squandered one of the most precious assets imaginable -- which is the idealism and goodwill of the Russian people as they emerged from 70 years of Communist rule. The Russia debacle may haunt us for generations.George Soros was right in the middle of it. When pressed by the House Banking and Financial Services Committee in 1998, he admitted that he had stolen large sums of money through his influence with the Russian oligarchs.
Funding the 'Spontaneous' Hispanic Protests
David Horowitz and Richard Poe, in their book The Shadow Party list eight different groups which organized the 'spontaneous' Spring 2006 Hispanic protests throughout the United States, all of which received funding from Soros to do so. These organizations orchestrated rallies, provided transportation, and encouraged school administrations to look the other way as school children skipped school to take part in the protests.
Palliative Health Care for the Dying We receive help on this issue from Media Matters itself. Quoting Soros (by letting stand a quote from Richard Poe), Media Matters states:
Can we afford to care for the dying properly? ... [But] [a]ggressive, life-prolonging interventions, which may at times go against the patient's wishes, are much more expensive than proper care for the dying. This brings me to that hotly debated subject, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia,' he continued in the next sentence.
Then, (somehow) in defense of Soros, Media Matters concludes:
Why didn't Poe tell us what Soros actually said about "that hotly debated subject"? Because, while Soros indicated that he personally thinks physician-assisted suicide should be legal, he explicitly said PDIA does not take that position.
If that's a defense of Soros, I'd hate to see Media Matters turn against him.
Incidentally, HillaryCare, which is attempted to come out of its grave, uses many of Soros' heath care ideas, which is why it was so unpopular in the first place. Hillary pushed the McCain Feingold Campaign finance reform bill, which made it much easier for Soros to fund such organizations as MoveOn.org.
When it comes to economics, George Soros appears to be a King Midas. But he's a thief without a conscience. I'd hate to be him, though. Everyone's conscience catches up with them sometime.