Am I the only one who thinks Elon Musk is a modern-day carpetbagger? Every time I write a piece highlighting his relentless ability to fund his interstellar dreams on the backs of the American taxpayer I have to prepare myself for the inevitable deluge of hate email. Musk must be one of the most gifted grifters of the twenty-first century, because people have bought what he’s selling. It’s quite an elixir. Cures just about anything and colonizes Mars all in one little bottle.
How has Musk amassed a personal fortune in the billions when his companies don’t actually provide a product that is marketable in any scalable way? Sure, he has cool electric cars, solar panels brimming with hope for a green world, and rockets poised to colonize space, but does any of that “cash flow”? Of course not. Musk is the head of a massive Ponzi scheme that has to make Bernie Madoff proud.
Musk and his companies are insatiable in their lust for more money. They are in a state of constant fundraising. Musk is the best of the best. He can give a single speech and men and women line up to volunteer to leave it all behind for dreams of riding a rocket into the final frontier. Too bad it’s all an illusion. If it weren’t for the investment of wealthy individuals and the benevolent hand of friends in government, it would all vanish into the great abyss of space.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his companies, SpaceX, Tesla, and Solar City, have enjoyed more than $4.9 Billion in government subsidies and grants. That windfall has financed some amazing explosions, most notably in September when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded carrying hundreds of millions of dollars in payload. Don’t worry, Musk blames that explosion on real-life Martians attempting to hinder his colonization plans. (No, I didn’t make that up). But being the magnificent salesman that he is, Musk is using that explosion to cut out all competition and secure a monopolistic relationship with NASA.
How does he do it? He always comes up roses? Some guys are just lucky I guess.
Or they have friends in all the right places. Musk is a crony capitalist in a league of his own. He knows no party…other than the Green Party. You might think I mean the party for environmental cleanliness, but I meant green, as in cold hard cash. That is what it takes to dance among the stars with the likes of Musk.
He is an equal opportunity corruptor. Though Musk was a staunch supporter of Hillary and Obama he has found himself on the inner circle with Donald Trump. Surprise, surprise, it turns out that Musk gave equally to Republicans and Democrats since 2003. It’s important to stay in favor with the men or women in power, no matter which way the electoral college blows. Just because Hillary was sent into an early retirement, the scheme must continue to be fed.
Donald Trump has put together a team of people determined and skilled in their fields. He would do well to be cautious of any counsel he gets from Elon Musk. Musk must be ecstatic at garnering such a plumb job in the Trump team despite being at odds with many of Trumps goals in regards to immigration and global warming. Musk appears to be no friend to the Trump agenda, so why invite him onto the team in an advisory role? Only time will tell.
Trump knows a showman when he sees one. Maybe he has a use for Elon Musk, beyond funneling billions of taxpayer dollars into interstellar dreams that are in reality a black hole of cataclysmic proportions. As enamored as America is with Musk, I can only hope Trump is going to use that goodwill to achieve his real dreams of Making America (Not Mars) Great Again.
Okay…I’m ready for the hate email. Bring it on.
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