Campaign Spending: A Better Way
The two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination are averaging over $1million / day (each) and have amassed over a quarter billion dollars since the process began. I think this is an inefficient allocation of funds. What if... What if people used this money to fund non-profits and other organizations with charitable status?
Individuals should be able to donate funds "In support of" their candidate. Participating organizations should sign-up with an oversight committee which publishes (and has impressive media connections) on a weekly basis the amount of money that has been donated for each particular candidate.
The advantages of this system over pouring money into commercials and direct mail NOBODY wants anyway are phenomenal. The use of the money could go into renovations for sites on the national historic register, highschool sports programs, cancer research, pre-school education, land conservation or the Rotary Club. These donations could fill some significant gaps in our communities and the candidates would still get recognition and media attention they so crave.
Lets use the billion dollars that is likely to be provided by normal Americans and spent by our politicians in this upcoming elections to better OUR country as we see fit.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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