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Saturday, January 06, 2007
Oprah has just opened a $40 million dollar school in South Africa to help that country’s most needy citizens (adolescent girls).Josh made a statement in class attacking the critics of Oprah who claim the money would be better spent in the US saying, “Its not her responsibility to help everyone in the US” How do we feel about Josh’s comment.Although some of the comments in class tended to get a little side tracked there seemed to be three big issues.Should American philanthropists be restricted to where they give there attention?Do wealthy entrepreneurs have a responsibility or obligation to give back to the people they have created there fortune from? Once a person makes their money and accumulated an abundance of resources can the person use those resources how he or she deems worthy?What are the moral and legal obligations of the extremely wealthy?