Ulf Poschardt digs deeper into the donation debate and recognizes in it a "poisonous disrespect for those who have made it big"
"How could it be otherwise": The German public and politicians, with the exception of FDP members, are once again showing nothing but disgust, resentment and suspicion in the face of donations from American billionaires, as Ulf Poschardt summarizes in today’s World on Sunday the reactions here to "The Giving Pledge" initiative, led by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet (see U.S. super-rich pledge to donate more than half their wealth).
One sees only what one wants to see and thereby blindly overlooks the good, says Poschardt. A tone-setting majority, called the "articulated majority" by Poschardt, sees in the rich above all profiteers who "have too much". The willingness to donate is understood by the wealthy only as a way to take even more from them. Especially representatives from the red-green camp , the "fashionable combination" (Poschardt) in current surveys, were skillfully bundling the motives of the donation debate to act with feelings of guilt: