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14

Hypocrisy Has A Name - It's.....

For years now, the biggest evil in America (according to our friends on the left) are capitalists.  Tax avoiding, big oil capitalists especially.  That is until one of their own becomes a tax avoiding, big oil capitalist...

Al Gore’s strategy for saving the Earth seems to be to raise enough money to be able to buy it. After selling his failing Current TV company to Al Jazeera, Gore is suddenly a super rich man. Forbes analyst Ryan Mac says, “Taking into account taxes to be paid on the deal, possible earlier debt and the fact that Gore's representatives declined to comment, Forbes conservatively estimates the former vice president's net worth to be at least $300 million.”

For those keeping score, that makes Al Gore wealthier than that evil venture capitalist Mitt Romney.

Ryan Mac notes that this discovery of a rich seam of cash makes Mr Gore, “wealthier than unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney … Last May, Forbes estimated Romney's net worth to be around $230 million.” Thanks to petrodollars, the secular saint of liberalism is now richer than its devil.

The response from the collective leftist media in the US.....crickets.  Oh they all reported (on page 4 of the business section) the sale of Current TV, but there was none of hyperbolic hand-wringing that they reserved especially for the failed GOP candidate for President.  They called Romney's wealth the result of "vulture capitalism" but....

There’s nothing innately wrong with being mega rich, and Gore has never criticised Romney for his wealth. But throughout the presidential election, the entire American liberal movement berated Mitt for making too much money too unethically through private equity. His “vulture capitalism” was built on outsourcing and downsizing and rationalising businesses out of a workforce. But to Romney’s credit, he never claimed to be something he wasn’t and he insisted that his free market ideology could help other people make money, too. He also built his business from the ground up.

By contrast, Mr Gore has made a vast wad of cash by setting up a boring TV channel, letting it fail and then selling it to a foreign concern. Not quite outsourcing, but fans of the movie The Campaign might know it as insourcing. And the indirect source of his wealth is something that he’s spent the last ten years attacking: big oil. It’s not the first time that he’s profited from something he professes to hate. Breitbart reports that back in 1995, he helped secure oil drilling rights for Occidental Petroleum in central California – destroying 100 burial grounds and holy places of the local Native American tribe. “What Gore didn’t tell people was that he owned stock in Occidental; before the sale of the land his stock was worth between $250,000 – $500,000, afterward it was worth between $500,000 and $1 million.”

Which is worse - making money by betraying your publicly stated beliefs or being truthful about who you are and making money?  If you are a liberal, the answer to that depends on the party identifier after your name.

And while the Times of London saves the "h" word for Al Gore, it can just as easily be applied to the entire Progressive Democratic Party.....

The headline news might be that Gore is now richer than Romney, but the real difference between these men is on the question of integrity. One is honest and the other is a hypocrite. For all his faults, there was no distance between how Romney made his money and the policies that he campaigned on. He's a capitalist who loves capitalism. For Gore the environmentalist, however, the distance is wide enough to be called a gulf. Perhaps as wide as the Persian gulf, from which his icky riches flow…

Yep - as with every other issue under the sun, hypocricy thy name is DEMOCRAT.

Written by LL.

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