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2019 Man of the Year: Billionaires

America's first self-made billionaire president, Donald J. Trump, has presided over one of the most formidable economic expansions in history. Trump's contribution to American prosperity rivals that of any other U.S. president. George Washington, a mere half-billionaire, is a footnote by comparison. Abraham Lincoln was a decent leader, but the opposition and obstruction he endured at the hands of Democrats pales in comparison to what their modern-day counterparts have inflicted upon our innocent commander in chief.

Trump's success should come as no surprise. Having already mastered the field of business using skill and intellect, becoming the most successful president in American history was a natural progression. It is one of the myriad ways in which billionaires are consistently making the world a better place. It would be a tragedy to let the year go by without honoring these titans of wealth with a title befitting their accomplishments.

Billionaires are a 2019 Washington Free Beacon Man of the Year because they rarely get the credit they deserve. They are a reliable punching bag for socialist demagogues. They are frequently the victims of fake news. Fortunately, the American people know better. In 2016, they understood the necessity of electing a billionaire to fix Barack Obama's mess. Even some Democrats are drawn to the unique wisdom of billionaire candidates Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.

Beyond the nasty business of politics, billionaires are helping the rest of us realize our true potential. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has created a safe space for Baby Boomers to share dank memes on the internet and has become one of the last remaining defenders of free speech. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has revolutionized global commerce and recently helped his ex-wife become one of the richest women in the worldRobert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, is currently waging a selfless campaign against the police state and its overzealous surveillance tactics. God willing, he will prevail.

No tribute to billionaires in 2019 would be complete without an homage to the late David H. Koch, may he rest in peace. The behemoth of philanthropy departed this world in August as perhaps the single greatest patron of the arts the world has ever known and a generous champion for all that is good, notwithstanding the wickedness of his detractors. When aggrieved liberals tried to stop him from building a hospital, he built it anyway. Because he could.

Billionaires. They're better than you. Deal with it.