We get a lot of American news in Britain. I'm very aware of the National Basketball Association, the NBA and lately, the situation with the Los Angeles Clippers. I also recall how upset I was when the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis and the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you're not aware of the story in regards to the Clippers, further info can be found here : Steve Ballmer buys LA Clippers.
The LA Clippers were put up for sale when the NBA banned the owner, Donald Sterling, for life due to racist remarks he made in a recorded conversation.
Former Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer, has purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for two billion US dollars. Considering that Donald Sterling bought the Clippers for twelve and a half million US dollars in 1981, which were then located in San Diego, that's one hell of a mark up price.
This got me to thinking what would I do if I had two billion dollars. Obviously, I cannot buy the LA Clippers. Maybe I could go buy the Memphis Grizzlies and return them to Vancouver. Seems only right. After all, basketball was invented by a Canadian named, James Naismith.
Now then, what would I really do with two billion dollars? I would donate it to charities to look after the homeless, the rough sleepers, many of them veterans who returned to their countries only to be neglected. Veterans suffering on the streets with the hell that is their memories. I would give money to help create work and give those most underprivileged the opportunity to sense the self-esteem they crave. I would forward on money to causes that are trying to eradicate puppy mills aka puppy farms. Yes, I would give it all away. The thought of the dying child given the chance to live a life of dignity, a gift from my heart.
Our governments are accountable and they should be actively leading by example that compassion, not corruption, is the way forward. Then again, our governments are too busy sticking their greedy snouts in the public trough. Will their immoral outrage ever end? Probably not as they target the most vulnerable in society to pay for the blunders of the incompetent fortunate.
Two billion dollars spent in an act of anonymous altruism. I would sleep well in the knowledge that I tried to make a difference. Peace of mind is priceless.
What would you do with two billion dollars?