OK, so Musk is a genius (like Edison in an earlier age); however Musk can now spend more than NASA on rocket development - an absurd derogation of duty by the public sector to ONE private individual. eg NASA's budget in 2020 was c. $26 billion - pocket change for Musk who last week offered double that amount to buy twitter ...to guarantee "free speech".... no doubt even for criminal ideologues like Alex Jones who caused the families of victims of mass murder to be harassed by Jones' mindless followers. Great service to the world, giving uncontested voice to such ideological madness. Like I said, Musk is (even if inadvertently) taking advantage of a sick, dysfunctional system which elevates 'successful' private sector individuals above the government's capacity to represent the entire population. 1. Charities should not exist, they are no replacement for good governance. Provision of basic services should not depend on the whims of rich people. 2. Wealth distribution in our dysfunctional system is so extreme - with half the population living pay check to pay check at best - that half the population cannot afford to pay tax. Meanwhile the very wealthy pay minimal taxes, as is well publicized by 'Patriotic Millionaires': Patriotic Millionaires is a nonpartisan organization of Americans with high net worth who promote the restructuring of the American tax system so that wealthy people pay a greater share of their income in taxes. But none of them realizes the system itself is dysfunctional; a currency-issuing government doesn't need rich peoples' money (or any citizen's money) - as Stephanie Kelton has said: "money doesn't grow on rich people" (.....a tongue in cheek reference to the oft heard Conservative refrain that 'money doesn't grow on trees'). But YOU need to know money is always created out of nothing, that's why I suggested Warren Mosler's article, to start educating yourself. beware of claims of ignorance, in a dysfunctional system, as outlined above. Welfare is always a disaster, that's why we need a Job guarantee. We don't need small shopkeepers any more, unlike the days when "Britain was nation of shopkeepers". And the secure well-paid middle class jobs that made Detroit wealthy have all disappeared, replaced by insecure low-paid mickey mouse gig economy jobs. No wonder job seekers are demoralized. No, that's just your experience. I don't have a business bone in my body, so I put my head down and held a government job for 30 years, and now I'm retired and comfortable (and loving it). But the public sector is underfunded now, as the privatization fetish in a dysfunctional system takes hold, as outlined above. A dysfunctional SYSTEM; government needs to supply public housing for those unable to pay private sector prices. You are still insisting on the capacity of the individual, while denying the capacity of the government as required for the betterment of society. It's an unbalanced approach to life on a finite planet.