Most of you who have read my blog know that I'm not too fond of current politics. With the 2016 presidential elections coming up, everyone is talking about which candidate we can give super powers to so they can fix all of our problems. Yet what most don't seem to understand, is the act of voting someone else into power to fix our problems, leaves us giving away the power to change certain things ourselves.
Since I've learned exactly what political affiliation I identify with(Anarchy, for those of you who don't know), I've had very little opportunity to actually discuss these issues with people who are willing to listen. Mostly because if I start a conversation with "I'm an anarchist", most people tend to discount everything I say after regardless of the truth of it. Before I get into the thick of it, I'd just like to say that the sole purpose of this post is to make people think about how we solve our problems.
Let's start with the cost of politics. In 2012 alone, we spent $2.6B on the presidential campaign alone. That's not including the $3.6B we spent on congressional campaigns on the federal level that year as well. So, think about that. $6.2B dollars just to get you to vote one way or another. Shall we take a look at what $6.2B could do for our country if spent in other areas?
The Salvation Army reports an annual donation impact of $169M, which provides food, shelter, and local programs for communities in poverty. We could fund The Salvation Army, a direct force for good in our communities 36 times over with money spent on political campaigns.Read More