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Thomas Peterffy is a Hungarian-born businessman who immigrated to the United States in 1965, without knowing a word of English.  He worked as a software programmer for commodities traders until he could afford to launch his own brokerage, Interactive Brokers… which paid out a billion-dollar dividend to its investors two years ago.

In other words, he built that.  He made that happen.  And he wants his beloved adopted country to know how, before the opportunity that made him a billionaire is lost to the next generation.  He knows where the path of collectivism ends, and he doesn’t want to see the bones of America interred there.  He’s the antimatter version of George Soros, and he has created a powerful video for the 2012 campaign, calling attention to the importance of “the freedom to succeed.”

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The freedom to succeed

Thomas Peterffy is a Hungarian-born businessman who immigrated to the United States in 1965, without knowing a word of English.  He worked as a software programmer for commodities traders until he could afford to launch his own brokerage, Interactive Brokers… which paid out a billion-dollar dividend to its investors two years ago.

In other words, he built that.  He made that happen.  And he wants his beloved adopted country to know how, before the opportunity that made him a billionaire is lost to the next generation.  He knows where the path of collectivism ends, and he doesn’t want to see the bones of America interred there.  He’s the antimatter version of George Soros, and he has created a powerful video for the 2012 campaign, calling attention to the importance of “the freedom to succeed.”

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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