Bob Dylan urged billionaires to start creating some of those jobs they’re always talking about.
“The government’s not going to create jobs, it doesn’t have to,” Dylan said a wide-ranging interview with AARP. “People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it. We don’t see that happening. We see crime and inner cities exploding with people who have nothing to do, turning to drink and drugs. They could all have work created for them by all these hotshot billionaires. For sure that would create lot of happiness.”
The legendary musician said he gains satisfaction from his grueling tour schedule – playing more than 100 concerts a year at age 73 – rather than reflecting on his success.
“How can a person be happy if he has misfortune?” he said. “Some wealthy billionaire who can buy 30 cars and maybe buy a sports team, is that guy happy? What then would make him happier? Does it make him happy giving his money away to foreign countries? Is there more contentment in that than in giving it here to the inner cities and creating jobs?”
Dylan admits no one can force the wealthy to give away any of their money or to create a job, saying “I’m not talking about communism,” but he urged them to use their money “in a virtuous way.”
“There are a lot of things that are wrong in America, and especially in the inner cities, that they could solve,” he said. “Those are dangerous grounds, and they don’t have to be. There are good people there, but they’ve been oppressed by lack of work. Those people can all be working at something. These multibillionaires can create industries right here in America, but no one can tell them what to do — God’s got to lead them.”