America’s First Black Billionaire Comments on the Economy

When it comes to solutions to the current economic mess,  Robert Johnson is a legendary entrepreneur who deserves listening to.  Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), which he sold to Viacom in 2000 for $3 billion, and current chairman of Urban Trust Bank.  I saw an interview with him recently and made some notes.

Regarding the current economic situation, Johnson said the following (from my notes):

It’s always good to help people who are in a financial crisis…. The problem you’ve got is this:

Be careful not to create an entitlement;

Be careful that you don’t say to the people who sacrificed that they are being sapped;

You’ve got to worry about the long-term impact on the free market – the dislocation that intervention in an entitlement way does to the free market; and

You’ve got to remember –  Tilt toward the free market.

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