Home Depot Founder Threatens Catholic Church, Charities Over Pope Francis’ Economic Comments

ken-langoneDid Pope Francis know (or even care) that calling out the massive flaws with trickle-down economics would send many conservative Americans right off the deep end?

The Pope didn’t once say capitalism was bad.  All he did was point out the flaws that are found in unfettered capitalism (the kind many conservative Americans want).  By pointing to trickle-down economics, all Pope Francis did was say the same thing most people who operate within reality have been saying for years — it doesn’t work.

He was basically talking about how trickle-down economics promises that once the “cup” is full, it will overflow onto the rest of us.  Except what’s actually happened is the cup has simply grown larger.

You know, like the Bible says about greed — it’s perpetual and never-ending.  You can’t give into greed, then expect it to just stop once it’s hit some unknown limit.  The more we give the rich, the more they’re going to want.  Which is exactly what’s happened.  The rich have become richer than ever while everyone else has fallen further and further behind.

As I’ve said before, we were a country built on capitalism before trickle-down economics — when we had much higher taxes and stronger unions.  Trickle-down economics didn’t usher capitalism into the United States, it just allowed its greed to take over.

Well, billionaire Home Depot founder (although he’s no longer with the company) Ken Langone decided to chime in on the Pope, ridiculously claiming that Pope Francis’ comments might stop rich people (like himself) from donating to charities.

I’ll rephrase that: Mr. Langone is more or less threatening that if the Pope doesn’t stop advocating for the rights of the poor, rich people like himself might stop giving to charities.

Mr. Langone said that the Pope’s comments may make some of the rich seem “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

Um, I hate to break it to Mr. Langone, but there are rich people who couldn’t care less about the poor.  The Pope wasn’t referring to all rich people; instead he was pointing out a trend that is very real within the theory of trickle-down economics.

Langone also went on to say that he spoke with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York to express his concerns about the Pope’s comments:

“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.”

Oh, those poor rich people getting their feelings hurt.  I truly feel bad for them.  I hope they don’t have to go buy another $100k sports car or yacht to make themselves feel better and to help cope with Pope Francis’ comments.

I just found it absurd how a billionaire basically implied that if Pope Francis continues to call out greed, that rich people will stop donating money to charity.

It’s absurd because they use those donations for massive tax write-offs at the end of the year.  I love how their “charity” contributions could possibly be impacted because Pope Francis hurt their egos.   I mean, talk about massive egomaniacs.

The Pope didn’t single out anyone.  Personally, I believe any rich person who might be offended by his remarks must feel guilty about something.  If you truly believe in giving, helping and not being ultra-greedy, why would his comments have bothered you?

While I’m not completely sold on the Pope yet (he still has a long way to go) I do love the fact that his efforts to defend the poor (you know, much like Jesus Christ) has ruffled the feathers of many so-called “Christian” conservatives.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Guys like Langone are too comfortable with their privilege, not merely as wealthy white males but as wealthy white male leaders. He’s not used to having anyone above him and he’s not used to having anyone criticize him, so of course he feels victimized by the Pope’s general statements regarding the flaws in capitalism. Guys like him are why America has tried repeatedly to avoid succumbing to the whims of the aristocrat class.
    But Langone’s comments are one example among many of why as a nation we don’t want to transfer the task of charitable giving from the government to the aristocracy. When they are pleased to do so charities can benefit, but when the aristocracy is NOT pleased, charities are held hostage. If you believe that charities do necessary work, then charities should be publicly funded – otherwise the wealthy can turn off the tap on their whim.

    • Rekka Riley

      More specifically, he’s not used to being criticized by people he sees as actual, you know, PEOPLE (i.e., other wealthy white male leaders, or at least somewhat close to that). He could care less about all of the criticism that he gets from anyone non-wealthy, non-white, non-male, and/or not in the same position of power as he is. Because to him, anyone who isn’t in the exact same category as he is does not count as an actual person and therefore their opinions are completely worthless. Now, Pope Francis might not be in 100% exactly the same category as Langone is…but he’s close enough to make Langone actually HEAR what he says, and Langone knows that also means Pope Francis has the power to make other people listen to him instead of Langone…and that threatens Langone’s own power.

  • Stephen Barlow

    This guy sounds so much like Henry the Adulterer. “Annul my 3rd marriage or I will start My own church and do it my self!”

    “Bless my marriage to this 13 year old girl or I will execute all who do not swear allegiance to Home Depot!!!”

    LMAO I am sure you get the point and parallel to Henry VIII. A Papal Pox on Langone and his ilk!

  • SueB

    Who is this Langone guy? Bernie and Arthur founded Home Depot and they started out quite generous to their employees giving raises every 6 months and profit sharing with them! There were cashiers who became millionaires as a result. By the time they retired, the structure was no longer the same! Too bad.

    • Meg Faunce

      right,sueb…ive worked for the company for 14 years and only know bernie and arthur as the “founding fathers”. and you’re correct…they WERE extremely generous to us employees and advocated helping communities in need.i forget which one of them sadly got the boot from the board. i miss their spirit and ethics as the CEOs since have paled in comparison

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    another crybaby regressive aging white trash republican

    • Bine646

      you are a 55 yr old white guy who works at a strip club as a cook? who are you making fun of? you make the message board, guys like him make the headlines- now go see if they want cheese with that

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey loser— averaged over 107K per year CASH ( see: no tax) in past 9 years,,,,, add to this my income ( taxable) from stocks and options —- paid for properties ( 3) paid for cars (3; actually 2 with work van) and NO DEBT with income well exceeding expenditures. slim pretty 5’6 131 lb DD chest ( natural of COURSE) Katherine as my American indian / French lineage girlfriend and me looking as I do? DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN—— I will have some fresh mozz with my basil and balsamic reduction!!
        Im making fun of liars such as he; and crybaby nothings such as THEE
        ………………………………… U never looked as good as my aging ass looks NOW—- so cry cry cry all the way to your frozen pizza and beer and FOX “news” crybaby diatribe. I love all of you who KNOW your life is so nugatory!

      • Bine646

        listen i have heard you have had 3 gfs- veronica, cindy and now katherine. I cant even keep up- next youll tell me, wait- katherine was 8 yrs ago like veronica was 5

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey crybaby————– cindy LOMAN was girlfriend AFTER veronica velasquez,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Ronnie and I still very close as she lives in Hollywood and we chat about stocks and commercial real estate,,,,her “boyfriend” now is a man she isn’t in love with but hes “nice” and treats her right. If she wasn’t drinking as much as she did when I was with her–she stopped 3 yrs ago– perhaps I wouldn’t have ended it: no matter. Cindy is in Orlando and has a chronic back problem but still a super quality lady– Katherine and I will be at gym at 645 tonight. Do U wish ALL 3 phone numbers to corroborate???? ( NOTE: kat is shortest at 5’6,,,,,,,,,ronnie 5’8,,,,cindy 5’9,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,why not FACE BOOK then all and ask them if what I say beeeee correct??? Cindy Loman,,,, Veronica Velasquez,,,Katherine Hale- do ur homework; then continue to cry. NOTE#2- cindy has best face. Ronnie biggest breasts,,,, kat best overall — and me? total turd!!!

      • Bine646

        who is crying?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        sounds like my silly facts have U irked again,,,,
        ……..then again: women aren’t what U get in your “life” ( that’s who is crying)

      • Bine646

        I would say I took your daughter but you never passed on your genes- thats pretty sad

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        shes 5’7 122 with a natural C cup breast….. in college majoring in finance. she did send U some of her pee for your Christmas so U could get “close” to a woman

      • Bine646

        You know your daughters breast size- thats not creepy at all, but you do work at a strip club as a line cook so, guess it fits

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ya knowwwww whats great? ( I will edify) I think even U will appreciate this “tidbit”….READY?? (OK)
        I love when I irrefutably catch any/all small dicked LOSERS in a fabulism ( SEE: LIE) !! yes!! I love it!! its the creepiest of the creepy! catching you claiming you know anything about my daughter!! ( shes a natural double D; courtesy of me and her momsey!!) but hey– that’s what internet forums are for! exposing little crybaby losers ( you) as; well; little crybaby losers!!
        congrads!! U get to now go watch the FOX “news” channel to polish up on your lying whilst watching–and learning(??)– from liars such as Hannity and Kelly and all the atrophying tea bag trash Christian scum who lie so deeeee-lightfully!!
        write soon,,,,, we luv the quotidian opportunity to eviscerate you

      • Bine646

        So she just went from a natural C to a natural D in the matter of two replies- talk about a goldfish memory. You live up to every stereotype- its pretty awesome. I mean your daughter must be very proud hahaha, why dont you give me her name like you did your gfs for the last 15 yrs (all three of them hahahahahahah) so I can show her what a loser her dad is. Good thing she is in college so she can construct her own education instead of listening to your asinine comments all day.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I luv crybabies!!! “give my daughters name” so U can troll after her? sorry– parental guidance prohibits me introducing her to small dicked and small brained losers such as you– NOTE: shes a DD,,, I like keeping things ( of no value) conservative— hence my play with you– U would like her: tall; pretty ; slim yet shapely ( see: cup size) and U will pay to jerk your neglected weenie off to her ( even fully clothed) facebook imagery.
        BUT– doesn’t matter what I write: that’s why I write to smallish peeps such as you– U provide ennnnnn-tertainment ( that’s how my HERO- bugs bunny– says entertainment) and I do want to keep the flow a-flowin’ !! I did give U the cindy/veronica( Ronnie) and Katherine names as they think messing with you is a hoot and they certainly want you to insult them with your superior jargon. Funny- U didn’t look them up or contact them ( or did look ’em up and saw that which U will never even come close to physically touching: fine tall breasty ( is that a word?) women !!
        write soon little man,,, write soon

      • Bine646

        I cant wait for the day that you stop following me around- ohh the day

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey kim jong-un::: no one is following you: I respond to posts as my internet yahoo account tells me I have a message from DISQUS. Must really be great living in a myopic world “thinking” that anyone would ‘follow’ you,,,, you? homeless indigents wouldn’t follow you- they don’t like the smell of mendacity
        I follow the sun– remember: pompano beach florida!!!

      • Bine646

        theres that goldfish memory again- u tried trolling me when I responded about Clifton being president- asked me for a Republican candidate which I gave you then you started with the childish remarks- must take a very high IQ to form your sentences

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        wow– U actually believe I value U more than anything other than a zit
        …………….hows the weather in your landlocked scumbag area>?? good for crying and eating loser foods?

      • Bine646

        hahaha there is the intelligence again- you certainly spew alot

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        only to crybabies with no lives,
        we all love your photo: mono-dimensional as you are: singular of purpose. are U a protozoa?

      • Bine646

        Im a unicellular organism who has the cognitive ability to comprehend sentences and the physical to respond? C’monnnn man stop being such a CLOWN. Im gonna start calling you Bozo.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        u remain singular of “purpose”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, sans a life; bereft of female company-
        the audience is applauding

      • Bine646

        you look like bruce jenner- keep talking bozo

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        yep—- same height; but my hair is better and Im substantially younger: he succumbed to plastic surgery,,,, and his athletic days are long behind him. I love how Im looking in clothes and naked—- I doubt U can coherently make same claim

      • Bine646

        You look like Bruce Jenner after surgery- must be your long hair and sun exposure that has wrinkled your face- definitely see the spots in your photo

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        sounds like U are crying about your IN ability to get 100’s of women with slim bodies and BIG natural boobs,,,,,
        but take heart: U can score big in the cemetery as all the women there will like ( and not care) about your non aesthetic “looks”

      • Bine646

        Those spots could be cancerous….

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        clean your monitor,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,too much ejaculation from you spanking thy mini monkey to internet porn at night—————your “love life” adorns your hallowed walls

      • Bine646

        dont be upset grandpa- all part of getting old

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,, crybaby– still pissed off that life didn’t include you? shouldn’t U be Crying about OBAMACARE now taking root and actually COVERING people? shouldn’t U be CRYING bout “BENGHAZI”??? or CRYING about your no money; no sex; no anything life? Send more messages– let us all know how pleased U are with reality. Poor small fella: watching we successful MEN frolic as losers such as U just ,,,just,,,,, well: Ya KNOW dontcha!!

      • Bine646

        I’m on obamacare grandpa

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        must suck knowing you are unhealthy and un appealing,,,,,,
        have a carrot– and wonder why protozoans are occupying the atrophying tea party.

      • Bine646

        Because I purchased health insurance? interesting philosophy Bruce

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        again,,,,,, less-than-stellar of health “humans” are forced to buy a product/service to hedge against their own sh*tty “health”—
        NOTE: if I need a trip to dentist or doctor I pay outofpocket– its amazing how paying these fine professionals with CASH can dramatically LOWER the outgoing cost!!! No Need 2 buy “insurance” as Im supremely healthy!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now- about your terrible cholesterol and expanding waistline::::::::

      • Bine646

        And you take the penalty at the end of the yr? Which is 1 percent of your income?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        my working income is 100% cash——– my stock/option income and my real estate monthly renal income is what I pay tax upon. So many write offs: I have a great ( basketball buddie) accountant. Government looks for people who try to pay nothing. I am well-versed in the GOVT “formula” used .
        I might sign up to get my ankle operated: bone spurs in arch from sports

      • Bine646

        So you are a democrat who agrees with raising taxes- yet you avoid paying taxes with “cash revenue” (which is not tax deferred but ok) and “so many rightoffs”. Yet you make fun of “right wing trash” like Romney who does the same? Interesting- you are a walking contradiction

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        please get the story straight: I am a registered independent,,, I am a centrist LIBERAL…. Romney is NOT rightwing trash- Romney is a great American as he has capitalized upon the stupidity of idiots in this country. I pay taxes- I pay enough 2 keep IRS from annoying me: NOTE: cash income is never tax deferred. Try to learn that– regressive white trash rightwingers are creeps such as YOU who don’t look at all the facts yet form JUDGEMENTS which fit your agenda. If FOX “news” offered me 500K per year to eviscerate Obama I would do it in a second. I would laugh all the way to the bank–
        FUCK religion in Govt: Fuck white trash who hate all those NOT white and old and “Christian”

      • Bine646

        I think I am starting to like you- weird

      • Bine646

        What is the single purpose of the Protozoans then?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        to continue to be singular in purpose,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, as you! singular: lacking the complexity of duality. Hows the crybaby lifestyle? watching the tea party implode?

      • Bine646

        HAHAHAH the only thing lacking is your intelligence- “to continue to be singular in purpose”- classssssic hahahahahaha

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        my lack of intellect Is in my luxuriant galimatias prattle which mocks thy dipsomaniacal synecdoche. Get the GOOGLE ready as your ” ability” to converse with me remains billingsgative……………….
        novoa skoz deqjed vootie

      • Bine646

        I’m still waiting for the singular purpose of a protozoa Bruce- put down the thesaurus and pick up an encyclopedia

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey lachrymose CRY baby——————– how would I know what words to FIND in a thesaurus if I didn’t KNOW THEM 2 BEGIN WITH? studied words and structure and syntax all of my adult life as it gives weaponry against poorly “educated” white trash such as thee. I enjoy spreading wings and pooping on the acerebral cretins of your Ilk. Encyclopedia? was into that- and DONE – by the time I was 6. Music intervened; then the insurgence of athletics!!! I deem U unfit for any/all three listed as your inbred low IQ prohibits transferring any joy derived from music/sports/ education; however GOD has blessed you with a plethora of heuristic tools FOR said discovery: namely my edification of you and your congeries of discombobulated retorts.
        Protozoa? isn’t that a new auto made by TESLA?

      • Bine646

        ignorance is bliss for you. pain in the … for the rest of us

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ig–nor–ance–!! a TRI syllabic word!!! wow! wanna try for “thelphthoric”?

      • Bine646

        no im still waiting for the protozoa question to be answered- talk about beating around the bush….

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        IF u don’t know,,,,,by now— im mortified that U will never grasp the 7th grade biology answer U seek.
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,hows your frozen wasteland to live in? even protozoas know how to survive– and most PROSPER — in such tundra. Sounds like your “life” remains heavenly!!! ( paying heating bills; PRICELESS!!)

      • Bine646

        says the guy who cant answer the question- what a joke you are Bruce

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        cannot,,,,,? or WILL NOT?? :))

      • Bine646

        yawwwwnnnnnnn

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        sleepy again? that damned alcohol habit U have is rather consuming ,,,isn’t it?!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,, try exercise– it does a body GOOOOOD

      • Bine646

        its your comebacks grandpa- they are horrible, put me to sleep. I have to leave you now, this is pointless

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        high IQ? sadly U do not know 50% of the words I use. GOOGLE a lot do u?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        creepy is NOT KNOWING everything about ones offspring…

      • Bine646

        says the creepster- is that how you spun it to her, interesting

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        kikes?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      sorry O small dicked loser diddler– I only “molest” slender NATURALLY large breasted women over age 35– with their permission of COURSE!
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,how are YOUR quotidian onanistic ventures doing?

    • freethinker666

      Don’t sugar coat, tells how you really feel.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        ok,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, f*ck all religions: tax them as businesses and outlaw ALL religion in any political discourse publicly

  • Choose Carefully

    Pope Francis hit a NERVE. 🙂 People didn’t like what Jesus had to say either.

  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    I agree completely with your statement that any rich person offended by the Pope’s remarks must feel guilty about something. Well put!

  • rossbro

    Langone is a super rich jerk. I see him all the time on MSNBC bad mouthing every little rule or restriction to ‘unfettered Capitalism’. His only friends are those who would agree to destruction and removal of every limit on Business.

  • Judy Christine Thomas

    Given that the very wealthy donate to “charities” like ivy league colleges, orchestras, and other “not for profits” that directly benefit them and their children while giving almost nothing to charities that attempt to meet the needs of the poor and ill, would it not be akin to cutting off their noses to spite their faces if they quit giving to charities?

  • John Clark

    He might want to read Mathew. Now, I understand that gospel might be too radical, but the eye of the needle also appears in Luke & Mark. And if Jesus is too radical, I remember something about needles and elephants in Hebrew stripture.

  • Angel Rivera

    I have no problem with the wealthy for being wealthy.
    I have a problem with the fact that when they ruin a company they are still wealthy but their employees are left holding the bag. I have a problem when the wealthy stay wealthy by rigging the system so that their competitors can not compete. I have a problem with the wealthy when they have a fit because they are asked a little more in taxes, specially in the last few years of national suffering. A lot of them can still afford a Rolls Royce after paying ten percent extra in taxes. A lot of people have to have jobs or decide if they should pa medicine.

    If you are wealthy because you work hard and run an honest business then you are to be commended. If you are wealthy and remember that you have a lot more than others. You don’t have to give to charities but you can pay a decent wage. You can make sure that your people are treated well and promote those that give you all their effort to their jobs. All of that will lead to more wealth for you because your workers respect you and will hate to disappoint you…

  • FD Brian

    If you think that Ken Langone donates anything more to charity than a very small percentage of his income, you are delusion.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      he donated often to the “save the ken Langone” foundation

  • Kevin Daugherty

    What a tool…that’s all….

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    The majority of Christian Capitalists are faux Christians. They succumb to the smell and color of money. Paul Ryan, a self proclaim Catholic Christian(Capitalist) demonstrate otherwise in his policies about the 47%, you know, those they claim are “takers”. So let me do a little analysis about the way he is handling his budget proposals:Trim entitlement programs such as SS and Medicare that senior citizens earned without touching massive Corporate entitlements. If a true Christian, regardless whether they’re Catholics or not resorts to reverse Robin Hood policies, I doubt their legitimacy. Those who protect the 1% and put more into their pockets while taking from the poor, disabled, senior citizens and veterans are simply not true Christians. Simple as that.

  • Floyd MacGillicutty

    Charity is no substitute for economic equality.

  • Kelly

    Let’s not forget, however, that the poorest among us are the ones who support charities the most–the people who have the least to give, because they know what it’s like to have nothing.

  • Marvin Buddy Threatt Wilson

    I was leaning toward Home Depot as my go to supply store but now I realize that there are far better choices out there.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    Hey Ken, wanna REALLY piss off the Pope? Buy a bunch of contraceptives and give them out for free!

    (Hey, might as well use this to our advantage, right?)

  • GOPhater

    This pathetic piece of flesh is a vile, evil, rude, nasty, vicious pit viper who will have to answer to a higher authority….Threatening The Church AND her earthly leader…take some AC’s when you die, you old fUck…you’re gonna need ’em, douchebag

  • Helivet

    The Pharisees are alive and well in 21st Century America. They are a large cult hiding in the 1% where they blend in well.

  • lindylou

    The middle classes probably donate more of their worth to charity than the rich who factor this into their taxes. I guess I will have to be a Lowe’s shopper from now on, or a local independent store.

  • CherMoe

    It’s quite “telling” that Langone went to Cardinal Dolan, who is not without controversy himself. The Cardinal, it seems, is EXTREMELY sympathetic to the Republican ideology. And actual, Cardinal Dolan is one of the reasons I decided to renege on my pledge to contribute to the Faith Initiative. That, and the fact the Catholic Church turned ultra political and went totally ballistic against Democrats when President Obama was running the 2nd time. I had a pile of pamphlets, brochures (pro-life) and letters along with the bulletins and VOTING CARD INSTRUCTIONS plastered on my car telling us the whole list of Republicans to vote for. It flipped me out how the “separation of Church and State” had ceased to exist …. due to Republicans and their stranglehold on the Catholic Church. It sure was a huge turn-off for me. The church is still preaching (in veiled words during prayers, etc.) against the President’s health care policies and all that this administration represents. They RARELY mention the poor any more, and mostly in a “dismissive” way, just as all Republicans do. So sad. But our Pope Francis gives me hope!

  • Rekka Riley

    And this is why I won’t feel any remorse for looting “Home Despot” when the Zombie Apocaplypse arrives. >:)