If you follow politics, have read a newspaper or heck, been alive over the past few years, I am sure you have heard the name George Soros. You've probably heard it in connection to yet another right wing conspiracy theory promoting Soros as the man behind all evil in the U.S. He is spoken of in right wing circles as the anti- Christ using his money and influence to disrupt governments and financial markets the world over. He has been referred to as a puppet master and the invisible hand behing many progressive movements of late. Most recently, Soros was credited with supporting and funding the protests opposing Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court. Soros has been called out by Donald Trump as funding the majority of protests against his presidency and somehow funding the caravan of refugees fleeing a brutal Honduran government, headed for the United States. Believe me Mr. President when I say that critics of your administration do not need any encouragement or funding to oppose you.
I have been reading quite a bit lately about this all powerful puppet master pulling the strings trying to form a world government with open borders and lawlessness. Please. As best I can glean from my reading, George Soros is a Hungarian born Jew who escaped the holocaust during World War II as a teenager and received his degree from The London School of Economics and eventually made his way to the states. He found he had an aptitude for financial markets and created one of the most successful hedge funds in history. At one time his net worth stood at about 25 billion dollars but has given roughly 17 billion to his charitable foundation, The Open Society Foundations promoting such radical theories as human rights, women's rights, education, criminal justice reform, public health and promoting democratic ideals throughout the world. Shocking!
I suspect that a familiar tactic is at work with the demonetization of George Soros. The "right" and now the "alt-right" are masters of this deception. It is the tactic of deflect and re-direct. What the right and alt-right won't talk much about is the amount of money and influence weilded by republican donors, most notably Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers. Adelson made his money in the casino business first in Las Vegas and later in the Pacific rim. The Koch brothers control the second largest private company in the U.S. Adelson's net worth is estimated to be upwards of 38 billion and the Koch's are worth 53 billion each. Both Adelson and the Koch's have funneled millions of dollars into the political process through direct donations and funding of super pacs and conservative think tanks. These charts might give you a little perspective of the scope of wealth and funding of candidates.
To the best of my research abilities, what I can say is that the motivation behind these billionaires funding of conservative causes is not a benevolent desire to improve society, quite the opposite. Their motivation seems to be rooted in self-interest. Tax cuts and less federal regulation seems to be the driving force behind their largesse. They have been very successful in convincing the middle class to vote against their interests for over twenty years.
There is a Biblical quote that comes to mind when studying about these censervative benefactors and they would do well to study the verse and take it to heart. The quote comes from an original Greek manuscript of the Bible and translated into the Latin phrase "Radix malorum est cupiditas" which translates to English as "the root of all evil is greed".
Finally, I would like to point out that no matter how much money these billionaires pump into the political process on either side of the aisle, when it comes to election day, they have just as many votes as you or I do. One.