Oct 4, 2011




Robert Johnson, the founder of BET, took to FOX news to attack the President for what he deems as class warfare. He wants the President to change his messaging because he feels attacking him is not going to convince him that he needs to take a tax increase.

"Attacking me is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy."

"I've tried poor and I've tried rich and I like rich better, doesn't mean I'm a bad guy."


Johnson typifies the kind of people this debate is about. You have people like Warren Buffett and George Soros on one side and then you have the Bob Johnson and Koch Brothers on the other side. To people like Johnson, the Biblical proverb, 'to he whom much is given', does not apply. Johnson feels because he's earned his success he shouldn't have to give anything. As long as he is beholden to his investors that's the only thing that matters.

"I think the president has to recalibrate his message," Johnson said. "You don't get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. I grew up in a family of 10 kids, first one to go to college, and I've earned my success. I've earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so. And by attacking me, is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy."


And there you have it!


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