Needless to say I don’t know Elon Musk, he may be a nice guy or obnoxious to work for. I don’t care. He once Tweeted four key traits he looks for:
A super hardcore work ethic, talent for building things, common sense [and] trustworthiness are required, the rest we can train.”
What concepts; a good work ethic, common sense, trustworthiness! No wonder the elite thinkers of the day and extreme politicians don’t like him.
Musk organizations employ about 110,000 and who knows how many more indirectly through suppliers. All those folks pay taxes, contribute toward Social Security, buy goods and services … and generally contribute to the economy through jobs Musk created. Through entire industries Musk created, through efforts that have a growing positive impact on the environment.
And yet none of that matters to the likes of Sen Saunders, a man whose greatest accomplishments may be naming a few post offices . . . Or perhaps holding the record for disingenuous Tweets.
Sanders and others sit in judgement of those who really make a difference. Their power comes from creating envy among others, envy they promise to relieve.
Worse they produce rhetoric – greedy, rigged system, fair share, inequality – intended to divide Americans and lure them into thinking the wealth the stock market created for Musk and others somehow has taken from them and that they deserve more.
Don’t you love it when Musk and his companies are criticized for accepting government loans, subsidies and contracts as if they were all the same thing and relate to his wealth? In fact, all that was given to him and others as public policy to support and encourage positive environmental changes. And his Space company was given a government contract presumably because government administrators determined it was in the best interest of the country.
Sen Warren too has a thing for Musk and others who have changed the world and become billionaires in the process. She wants their money to go into the morass of the federal government to be redistributed without criteria as if government is the best way to help those in need over the long term.
Who knows, maybe those folks earning $300,000 who received stimulus checks really did need the cash. Perhaps forgiving student loans regardless of how incurred or how used by a small percentage of the population is an efficient way of using other peoples money. Oh, yeah, on average, car loans have a higher monthly payment than student loans. I think it would be a good idea to give every college student a Ford F-150 as a graduation present. Statistically, that’s what they will buy anyway. 😎
Most of us are not as intellectually blessed as Musk, or Gates or Bezos. Most of us do not have any of the personal qualities that drive them to create. That does not give us the right to play gotcha after the fact and claim entitlement to their creations. We all have benefited greatly from their accomplishments and continue to do so as we wait for the next great innovator to come along.
We all have the opportunity to use our talents and skills to make our lives better, to invest and profit using the rules and laws applicable to all. Common sense may be the key and that includes not making dumb decisions that affect our lives and not wasting our time envying what others have accomplished.
The larger risk for us all is not the Musks of the world, but the Saunders and Warrens who want us all to be victims, to think the economic pie is finite so our share is limited. Who downplay work ethic and common sense in favor of entitlement.