What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility—America’s
national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the
education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the
repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix
global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny.
That kind of salvation does not come from Mark Zuckerberg or Steve
Ballmer saying, “OK, I’ll write a $2 million bonus check to the IRS.”
That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are
anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry.