As 2016 Ends George Soros Reflects On Landmark Year
A Historic Election
2016 was the year that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump went toe to toe. Previously demoralized by the victory of George W. Bush in 2004, George Soros was reluctant to involve himself in the American presidential election. However, once he decided to contribute $8 million to the campaign of Hillary Clinton this got the ball rolling for others who wanted to donate. Eventually the donations piled on and Hillary Clinton’s campaign eventually reached more than $1 billion in funding.
The Migrant Wave Of Europe
This year also saw the migrant crisis in Europe intensify as more migrants from war torn countries such as Syria and Iraq crossed the borders of the European Union. In an act of philanthropy George Soros donated $500 million to help EU countries integrate the migrants. The donation focused on investing in education programs and businesses run by the migrants, but the gesture was ultimately in vain. Europeans ultimately voted for policies and candidates opposing immigration leading to rise of the Brexit campaign on project-syndicate.org and nativist politicians such as Marie Le Pen. However, this wasn’t the only shocking twist of 2016.
A Year Of Surprises And Twists
2016, for Americans at least, was predicted to usher in new success for progressive policies on nytimes.com. However, by the end of the year just the opposite happened. First there came the huge shock when British voters approved the passing of the Brexit decision. The surprise loss defied polls taken shortly before the referendum was sent for a vote and surprised even many Britons. Later on in the fall Republican nominee Donald J. Trump scored an electoral victory defying the majority of polls that indicated a lack of support for the candidate on Time. Despite these losses George Soros does not plan to retreat from politics again.
Where Does He Go From Here
If 2016 was a year of devastating losses, Soros would like to fill 2017 with recovery for the progressive left. In America, he has contacted the Democracy Alliance to help him think of a way for liberals to take back power. Formed in 2005, the Democracy Alliance is composed of the most powerful progressive donors in America at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/. With their assistance Soros intends to find a way to stop the agenda of Donald Trump. Focusing on his plans for his first 100 days, Soros is taking aim at every proposal on Trump’s list.