Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Money for People, Not Politics

Things are a mess in Haiti. Do what you can to help.
Why do we care so much about who someone likes for president but care so little about almost everything else they do? And how come we ask boldly, "Who are you voting for?" but never ask, "How much did you give to charity this year?"

I have lost friends because I voted for George W. Bush. Twice. Since then I never say who I'm voting for, and in fact I often give completely false information on that issue just to see the other person's reaction. It's usually a hoot, and never am I disappointed. On the charity issue, it's a different story. It never comes up in conversation. Nobody asks, "Where did you send your money for Haitian relief after that last hurricane?" I'm guessing it's because they haven't sent any anywhere.

Last month hundreds of Haitians were killed when Hurricane Matthew struck that island on October 4, and since then the death toll has risen to over 1,000. Adding to the chaos, an upsurge in cholera is claiming more lives. Forget the damn election for two minutes and write a check today, not to Hillary or Donald to be used on another muckraking TV ad but to a Haitian relief organization for food, clothing, medicine and shelter for actual human beings. And skinflints take heart: Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

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