- Vincent: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton, I never saved anything for the swim back.
In his book Free to Choose, Milton Friedman described four ways to spend money.
1. You spend your own money on yourself.
2. You spend your own money on someone else.
3. You spend someone else’s money on yourself.
4. You spend someone else’s money on someone else.
A man that I am chummy with who works at my local Trader Joe’s (who thinks the Tea Party is racist, but that is another conversation) was telling me about his son, a Marine of 8 years. He served as security for President’s Bush and Obama when they were overseas. He told me his son was very impressed by Bush and related how Bush was very friendly and respectful to his security detail. One day, Bush walked up to him, addressed him by his first name (GWB knew everyone on his security by first name - some 60 people) and asked him how his mother was doing. He then asked about his parents in L.A. in general. This shocked the Marine because he had only mentioned he was from L.A. once at their first meeting, and had told the President in passing that his mother was ill a few months before (the security details rotate throughout the year, depending on a schedule that I am not privy to).
I told the Marines father that I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that story. I know some on the right really didn’t like him. In fact, I always laugh at my liberal friends because they never knew that Bush’s harshest criticisms came from the right! Of course if they ever watched the dreaded Faux News, they would know that. But George Bush is a kind and decent man and, malapropisms aside, very smart. Maybe not college drop-out Hollywood Star/Liberal activist smart, but he has an MBA from ‘Hahvahd’ and was a fighter pilot. Fighter pilots ain’t dumb.