Warren Buffett Tells the Truth

Warren Buffet is my newest hero.

I have long admired him for his savvy, and his plainspoken ways–even when I have disagreed with him. And I surely admire him for this honest, forthright talk about how the rich need to pitch in and help the country.

In case you did not see it, he wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on August 14. It is well worth your time to read it, “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/stop-coddling-the-super-rich.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212&src=ISMR_HP_LI_LST_FB

The basic point, as he has said elsewhere, is that we are all in this mess together, and some people have more resources than others to help. He also is clear that the shift of wealth over the past 20 years or so has been a bonanza for a small number of Americans–and a disaster for the rest of us.

To charges that such talk is “class warfare,” Buffett said, in 2006, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Thanks, Warren, for telling the truth. And I don’t know if you’re religious or not–probably not–but I can say this: Jesus would be pleased.