Bill Gates revealed on Monday that he recently spoke on the phone with President-elect Donald Trump. The co-founder of Microsoft said much of his conversation with the president-elect was focused on the power of innovation.
He also compared Trump to Democratic icon JFK.
“In the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics […] there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.”
Contrast the following JFK quotes, as reported by Forbes, to the professed beliefs of virtually all of today’s so-called “progressives.”
“Removing tax roadblocks to new jobs and new growth […] will eventually more than make up in new revenue all that it will initially cost.”
“I do not believe in a super state. I see no magic to tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well.”
“The federal government’s most useful role is not to rush into a program of excessive increases in public expenditures, but to expand the incentives and opportunities for private expenditures […] the greatest danger is a tax cut too little or too late to be effective.”
Then again, the fundamental American principles of non-excessive taxes, non-prohibitive regulation, and private-sector innovation have proven to be timeless.
These are all things that the famous Microsoft CEO Bill Gates seems to get, at least now that President Trump is coming to office.