Money Well Spent?
$605 million and $350 million. That’s how much Barack Obama and John McCain, respectively, have raised in this year’s presidential run. Almost $1 Billion. Of that, Obama has raised slightly more than $543 million from individual donors while McCain has raised a little over $151 million. Almost $700 million sent from individual Americans to two politicians.
Imagine what that money could do in local communities across this country.
Imagine if people would take a breath, let the emotions ebb, and reconsider before writing those checks and living their lives for a politician. Even if they were to just cut that total in half. Instead of sending $40, send $20 and give the rest to a local organization. Spend some time and money by directly helping friends and neighbors. That would have meant an additional $350 million spent locally.
Obviously, politics are an important part of our society. There are big issues that can only be dealt with on a national scale and electing a President who can do the job is crucial. But it is a misbegotten belief that a remote, national government is the best way to solve local problems. But every four years, we turn to politicians and politics as our salvation and continue to get disappointed. When we’re promised the moon and the sun, we’re disappointed even if we actually get one.
In this silly season, we seem to have forgotten that, if we indeed are the “change we are waiting for,” then the most effective implementation of that change is to do it ourselves in our own communities.Instead, we’ve sent nearly a billion dollars to politicians based on nothing more than promises and hope.