Thursday, October 30, 2008

Electing To Give

 campaign cash
The Half Dead Guy has been accused by his better half (BH) of talking about money too much.  I'm not going to disappoint BH or my Dear Readers when the fruit is ripe for the picking. 

A quick bit of research online show that this year's presidential candidates will raise a whopping 1.7 billion dollars which is almost twice what candidates raised last year.  At that growth rate, my 7 year old will see presidential donation of nearly 15 billion dollars in the 2020 election between Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon and the ghost of Sophie Winfrey where the biggest issue will be why Joe the Personal Trainer can't afford to retire.

What can you get for 1.7 billion dollars nowadays?

- Last year, the National Cancer Institute spent nearly 1.4 billion dollars on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Breast, Colorectal, Lung, and Prostrate cancers.

- Greenland's 2007 Gross Domestic Product was 1.7 billion dollars.  Not bad for the world's largest island (Australia is a continent) where sled dogs are the major form of transportation.  The U.S.'s GDP would be halved if we used sled dogs instead of taxi cabs.

- A March Madness Tournament on your desktop.  Here's a secret: Your IT Geeks like sports too - that's why it hasn't been blocked.

Half Dead Guy's solution for campaign funding is very simple, but clever:

1. Fifty cents of every dollar raised by all candidates will go into a charitable pool. 

2. Each candidate will publicly nominate five charities and (here's the hard part) state in 10 words or less why they support its cause. 

3. Charities split the pot at the end of the election. 

Candidates are gently reminded that we may be dumb, but we know there's no such charity as "Federation of Honorable Public Servants".

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