During a nearly two week tour of Africa in May of 2002 by Bono (real name Paul David Hewson, the lead singer of the rock band U2) and then U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, Bono made a crack about the secretary saying he is, “the man in charge of America’s wallet…and I want to open that wallet.”
In other words the singing Irishman was saying the American taxpayers should be compelled to shovel even more of their hard earned money across the Atlantic ocean into the coffers of corrupt African government officials so the funds can be used to make the ruling elite even wealthier while the citizens of these countries continue to live in squalor. In fact Bono is famous for badgering governments, especially the U.S., into using their citizens’ tax dollars to fund ‘poor’ (read African) nations’ social programs and for all ‘wealthy’ governments to simply swallow hard and eat all the debt owed to them by these so called Third World countries.
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For those who didn’t know, back in 2006 Bono, along with the other members of his band who’s combined worth then was estimated to be somewhere north of 700 million dollars, decided to move a nice chunk of their business enterprise out of Ireland to the Netherlands for the sole purpose of saving a bundle on taxes.
The rock band U2 came under criticism yesterday after reports that it has moved a portion of its multi-million-pound business empire out of Ireland for tax reasons.
The band, fronted by Bono, the anti-poverty campaigner, has reportedly transferred some of its publishing company to Holland.
Based in Dublin, U2 have long benefited from the artists’ tax exemption introduced by Charles Haughey, the late prime minister. It is reported that the band’s move has been made in response to a £170,000 cap on the tax-free incomes introduced in the last Irish budget.
Joan Burton, Irish Labour’s finance spokesman, said: “Having listened to Bono on the necessity for the Irish Government to give more money to Ireland Aid, of which I approve, I am surprised that U2 are not prepared to contribute to the Exchequer on a fair basis along with the bulk of Irish taxpayers.
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So Bono and U2 think everybody else should be obligated to cough up their hard earned money via higher taxes to fund any number of sure-to-fail social experiments, mainly in Africa, but they do whatever is necessary to protect as much of their earnings from the taxman as they possibly can? Hmmmm.
“It’s actually, I think, more honest to say we’re rock stars, we’re havin’ it large, we’re havin’ a great time and don’t focus on charity too much—that’s private; justice is public,” Bono told the Dublin-based Sunday Independent newspaper in June 2005.
Havin’ it large indeed. Bono and his wife own three homes, including a house near Nice in the south of France, a duplex apartment overlooking New York’s Central Park, and a gated estate in Killiney Ireland with a fabulous view of the Irish Sea. As a matter of fact, in the spirit of environmental consciousness of course, Bono and his wife added a three story extension to the house in Killiney about seven year ago and are in the process of adding even more living area to the 19th century mansion. I’m sure that bumped up their carbon footprint quite a few shoe sizes eh?
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For years Bono has traipsed all over the globe wining and dining with world leaders pressuring them to join the chorus that mankind must do a much better job of taking care of our mother ship before she finally has enough of our shenanigans, slams on her brakes and boots us all off the ride. Well of course we should, who would argue with that? In fact I’d like for someone to name me any individual or group(s) that actively advocates for the deliberate destruction of the planet! (Well except for those rascally Republicans of course because we all know the leftists are the only ones who care about clean water and air and stuff.) Of course Bono’s true agenda is to paint these leaders into a corner and shame them into committing an ever larger portion of their budgets, our tax dollars, to the poor and downtrodden nations of Africa…his favorite cause célèbre.
Now I realize many people around the globe, especially politicians, get all caught up in the celebrity angle when someone famous opens their mouth and starts babbling about environmental issues. The last decade or two has given us actors and musicians who have somehow become regarded by far too many people as experts in the field of saving the planet from certain human caused doom and gloom and for some odd reason when these folks opine on anything to do with this subject they think everyone should sit up and pay attention. The problem for these celebrities is more often than not what they have to say is so stupid us regular folks have no choice but to wonder how on earth they possess the intelligence to sit down and write a song or memorize a script let alone turn on a lamp at one of their big fancy mega carbon emitting homes.
Take Sheryl Crow for instance.
Americans may be using less toilet paper, if Sheryl Crow has her way.
The singer, who is crossing the country on a biodiesel bus with producer Laurie David, [David is about as serious an environmental wacko freak as you could possibly find anywhere on the planet for those who have never heard of this moonbat…ed] proposes limiting toilet paper use as one solution to global warming, according to a Washington Post report.
“I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming,” she wrote April 19 on the Biodiesel Bus blog, according to a report by the Washington Post. “Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating.”
Her toilet paper manifesto would limit how many squares of toilet paper Americans use in a sitting.
“Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required,” she wrote.
Does anybody seriously think these two women use only one square of kybo tape, or even just two or three, when they wrap up a healthy and extended number two “library visit?” Please, spare me the nonsense ladies. I’ll bet a single Sheryl Crow concert easily generates more pollution and energy consumption than an average American family will be responsible for in at least the next decade and this makes a perfect segue into the next big hypocritical issue we have with Bono and U2.
You see these days Bono and his crew are savvy businessmen first, musicians second and part time save the planet gurus last. These guys aren’t stupid, they know what it takes to pack their concerts with paying fans and sell CDs and they certainly know the ideology of their core audience.
“U2 were never dumb in business,” Bono says in Bono on Bono. “We don’t sit around thinking about world peace all day.”
So how does all of this talk from Bono about saving mother earth square with the reality of his music business continuing to earn the band hundreds of millions of dollars?
Carbon footprint undermines U2’s planet-saving credentials
U2 and Bono’s long-held commitment to “save the planet” has been questioned after it emerged they have a combined carbon footprint big enough to fly the band the distance from the Earth to Mars.
The Irish rockers have campaigned to fight poverty and Aids in Africa and Bono called on the world’s population to take better care of their planet.
Speaking in Tokyo last year he said: “My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.”
However, according to an environmentalists’ website, the band’s 100-date 18-month world tour will see the multi-millionaires clock up 70,000 air miles (113,000km) in their private jet.
The £90 million ($230 million) U2360 tour also features three 390-tonne stages criss-crossing the globe, along with 200 crew and backstage staff.
The opening night in Barcelona’s Nou Camp last week featured the space station-style stage and satellite link-up with the International Space Station.
Perhaps, appropriately, the tour’s carbon footprint can also be measured in space terms, with their colossal emissions of up to 65,000 tonnes of CO2 enough to fly Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen jnr from Earth to the planet Mars.
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From earth to Mars? Damn, this group alone is responsible for that kind of stress on our fragile environment? Who’s out there calling them on it? Al Gore? That fibbing hypocrite doesn’t have much room to talk what with word about his $30,000 a month utility bills for his 10,000 square foot house leaking out back in 2006.
Has Bono and his celebrity status brought attention to the many problems the people of Africa face? No doubt. Has his years of celebrity status brought billions of dollars of aid into Africa? More than likely. Has it made much of a difference? Sure doesn’t appear to have, the sheer poverty the people in that region of the world face every day doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon despite the steady flow of food, medicine, money and human assistance for decades.
Understand it isn’t the efforts of people like Paul David Hewson to assist others that bothers so many. It’s the hypocrisy of folks like this demanding governments burden their citizens with even more taxes to pay for one’s ego boosting pet projects while doing everything one can, even as a multimillionaire, to shelter as much income from taxation as possible. In addition most people don’t much care to be lectured to concerning this climate change nonsense and how we all have to take extraordinary measures to curtail our “carbon footprint,” i.e. drastically reduce our standard of living, by people who own several homes in different countries and drag around hundreds of tons of people and equipment all over the world in order to earn the kind of income that provides the type of lifestyle few people on this planet could even dream of living.