Soros ev­i­dently is just good in­vestor

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION -

Mon­day’s right side ed­i­toirial page fea­tured a small blurb on the “hypocrisy” of Ge­orge Soros in­vest­ing in a coal pro­ducer when he funds at the same time ef­forts to tem­per cli­mate change. So I had to look him up as I’ve done for other “demons of the left” like Howard Zinn and Saul Alin­sky (those two be­ing lib­eral icons of the Civil Rights era who the right would love to term “com­mies”).

Soros is a com­pli­cated crea­ture, a Jewish sur­vivor of the Holo­caust in WWII Hun­gary who be­came one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful in­vestors (and the founder of one of the first and prob­a­bly most suc­cess­ful hedge funds). He has donated bil­lions of dol­lars, mostly to the causes of democ­racy in Eastern Europe. I be­lieve the in­vestor side of him sees a buy­ing op­por­tu­nity in Pe­abody Coal (who knows, their land may be worth more than their val­u­a­tion?).

The right would honor him but for the fact that he also gives mil­lions of dol­lars to­ward lib­eral U.S. pol­i­tics (driv­ing them mostly crazy). Full dis­clo­sure: Ge­orge Soros or his as­so­ciates did not pay me for this note.

By­ron Chapin


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