There are only so many covers of Time Magazine that really catch my attention enough to make me want to pick it up and buy it without even opening it up.

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The January 23, 2012, edition contains one of those covers.  On it was a photograph of multi-BILLIONaire Warren Buffett.  The heading said “The Optimist: Why Warren Buffett is bullish on America.”  The Optimist.  America could use a lot more of those, especially coming from a — I’ll say it again — multi-BILLIONaire.

I’m not talking about some anti-American, communistic, socialistic outrider — although his critics would say that’s exactly what he is, and they’d choose from any of the three labels with which I led off this sentence.  I’m talking about Warren Buffett, who’s played the American game known as capitalism very well, been very frugal in how he lives his own life, has given much of his own personal wealth back to charity (see how much he gave to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alone in this link).

Warren Buffett’s biggest blemish is among conservatives because he had the sheer audacity to say that the super-rich need to pay their fair share of the tax load instead of finding so many loopholes if this nation is going to pull out of its nasty budget deficit problems.


Yeah, I’ve seen all of those arguments against Buffett’s statements that triggered the outrage from his op-ed that appeared here in The New York Times last year.  And he answers each of those arguments in the latest Time Magazine article.  I’d strongly suggest finding a copy at newsstands or a library and reading every word of it, or you can jump through some hoops here to read it.

I guess you could say I’m a Warren Buffett fan.  He’s one of the wealthiest men in the world, yet he doesn’t live or act like it.  He gives back as a way of saying thanks for the blessings that have been granted to him.  He speaks with great common sense.

Think about this:  I’m on the leadership board of my church, our own little “nation” unto itself.  As a church, we have a budget and we work very hard to stay within our budget.  If there are cuts that need to be made or pennies that need to be pinched, we do that.  But we also know when to go to members of our “nation” when times get too tough and let them know, “Hey, here’s the deal, we need a bit of a boost from some pocketbooks out there if we’re going to pull out this financial need of ours.”  And, I’m happy to say, the members of my own little “church nation” dig deep and come through with flying colors when presented with that kind of need.  It’s a”church nation” made up of conservatives and liberals, but all of that idealistic stuff gets thrown out when there’s an urgent need for some kind of “shared sacrifice.”

So, how is that any different than what Warren Buffett was saying in his New York Times piece that attracted so much ranting and raving from conservatives?  Isn’t that closer to the way America used to be?  Pulling together regardless of political ideology for the good of the nation as a whole?  Building a nation’s wealth through courage and innovation?  Those are beliefs that make Warren Buffett optimistic about America’s future.  And I share those beliefs.  That’s the American way.

How much ranting and raving will we hear after tonight’s State of the Union speech, now just minutes away, when that same request is made “from the nation’s pulpit?”

We shall see.  Stay tuned!


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