He's rich, that Al Gore. From today's Washington Post:
The man who was within sight of the presidency 12 years ago has transformed himself, becoming perhaps the world’s most renowned crusader on climate change and a highly successful green-tech investor.
Just before leaving public office in 2001, Gore reported assets of less than $2 million; today, his wealth is estimated at $100 million.
That's a lotta dough (not quite Romney money, but still: I wouldn't say no to it.) How did he get it? By investing:
Gore charted this path by returning to his longtime passion — clean energy. He benefited from a powerful resume and a constellation of friends in the investment world and in Washington. And four years ago, his portfolio aligned smoothly with the agenda of an incoming administration and its plan to spend billions in stimulus funds on alternative energy.
The recovering politician was pushing the right cause at the perfect time.
Fourteen green-tech firms in which Gore invested received or directly benefited from more than $2.5 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks, part of President Obama’s historic push to seed a U.S. renewable-energy industry with public money.
Somehow, when Al Gore makes tens of millions of dollars by leveraging the American taxpayer, that's, you know, okay.
But if someone else builds a business, takes the risk, works the seam -- that person is "selfish," a "bad citizen," and unwilling to pay their "fair share."