The above is a picture of a young Bill Gates. It was a hungry and driven young man who would sleep under his desk during the creation of his company that would play a huge part in revolutionizing the world.
But alas, times have changed for the worse.
Now, many years later, we find Gates hanging around the likes of Slick Willy.
If there's one thing a parent should teach their kids, it's to choose the right people to hang around. Birds of a feather do flock together. Hang around Slick Willy long enough, and there's a chance you'll end up thinking, acting, and speaking just like him.
Well, Bill & Bill recently gave a joint interview, that was published by Wired. They were asked about "funding for science".
Here comes the response from Bill Gates:
In terms of funding science, both of us agree that we need to do more.Uh-Oh...."both of us agree"...see what I mean...birds of a feather. The two can't possibly be in agreement on private free market financing. That's not Willie's thang. So anything that follows the first sentence can't be good:
The budget growth for the National Institutes of Health during President Clinton’s time was fantastic—I think it doubled. Now the question is whether it will level off or even perhaps go down.Kinda makes your stomach sink.
Think about the current U.S. economy that we live in. The one area that continually revolutionizes our lives, drives prices down, and just flat out "Wow's" us, is the technology industry. It is, by far, the freest area of the economy.
Silicon Valley, as well as the multitude of startups outside of the Valley, are populated with scores of young Bill Gateses. They're sleeping on floors, living on Raman noodles, and pounding away at their computers night and day. They're constantly thinking, mulling, and contemplating how they can satisfy consumers better, cheaper and faster.
Do you think they're looking for handouts from some government "National Institute of Technology"? Noooo!! By and large (and sadly there are exceptions) these hackers want nothing to do with The State and its arbitrary and politically-directed channelling of taxpayer funds.
Our technological advances did not come from the people that give us Obamacare and their 6 sign-ups. In fact, the hackers in Silicon Valley are largely keeping us ahead of those very people. Without them, the quicksand known as government would have consumed us by now.
Unfortunately, the young Bill Gates got himself wrapped up with the wrong people, and now advocates taking a boot and using it to push us further down into the quicksand.
Private funding for science is the only way to go.
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