I would like to tell you a personal story about George Soros. Now, I have never met the 86-year-old billionaire hedge fund manager. In fact, I don’t even think he knows I exist. But the world-famous philanthropist touched my life in a very unique and direct way.
A few years ago, I was living in Binghamton, New York. I was married, have three kids and a small house with a white picket fence. Essentially, I was living the American dream. I stayed at home with the kids while my husband worked full-time. He made just enough money for us to get by, but he was looking forward to advancing within his own company in order to make us more money.
Then one day tragedy struck. My husband was killed by a drunk driver on his way home from work late one night. It hit me like a ton of bricks and sent me into a spiral of depression. But I did not have time to feel sorry for myself as I had to care for three children and suddenly pay for the small house of ours.
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I scrambled to get a job while I planned my husband’s funeral. I can only secure a low-paying job and I couldn’t work that many hours because I had to care for my family. The shock of my husband’s death was only made worse by the anxiety I now felt over our financial future.
I did not know it at the time, but George Soros had donated millions of dollars to the state of New York in order to beef up a welfare program. It is that welfare program that I took advantage of to keep our family afloat during this incredibly difficult to transition in our lives. The program allowed me to claim $200 per month per child. This gave us $600 per month in the form of cash cards that I could use of the grocery store. I was able just to scrape by on my salary paying the bills while this program paid for our meals. I cannot think George Soros enough.
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I consider myself a conservative. I watch Fox News regularly but have recently discovered that the pundits on television often vilify George Soros. It hurts my heart every time they speak poorly of this man.
I want to tell Fox News and all the other conservative pundits that George Soros understands the struggle of the working person. At one point in his life, he had no money. He was a refugee putting himself through school in London. His family fled Nazi occupied Budapest during World War II. Then he managed to build incredible wealth and now he gives back tremendously.
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