Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Day, Another Dollar--Wasted

Today is no different than any other day that I receive mail. Yes, you guessed it, another bunch of mail from people who want money.

I understand that there is a need out there for donations, but what is difficult for me to understand is, that if all of these folks can afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on promotion materials, plus the postage to send them, and the people to stuff and get them to the post office, where do they get that money.

This week has just started and I have already disposed of donations requests from the Republican Party (three last week), An animal rescue center, the AmVets, the Hospitalized Vets, and of course, our church.

Now I don't want you to think I am a person who doesn't believe in sharing the wealth. That would not be true. Just yesterday I asked my neighbor to give me a buck or two and he laughed and walked away. He thought I was joking.

Every week I give time, talent and cash  to the church, I donate time to the local Retired Peoples group here, and of course to a school we, my wife and I, dontate an hour or so to kids that have a problem reading. I don't mind doing these things, as a matter of face, I kind of enjoy it.

I have a different perspective however, on those snail mail requests. A question that comes into my mind, especially about the Republican Party, and I am sure the Democrat Party and  doubt other parties as well, is rather than have ten different little agencies in the same party sending out information from several locations requesting donations, why don't they combine, regroup, put all of their money into one bucket and share the questionair information? I have received, in the last two weeks, from five different agencies (supposedly affiliated with the Republican Party) the same basic request for information and money, and all with almost identical "Infomercials" for me to digest.

Well, so much for the soap box! Just wanted to let you know that I don't intend to send out $10.00 or more (now they want $40.00 to $60.00) to five different parts of the same institution. You would think the "intelligent" people in our government could apply their college trained minds to something, shall we say, intelligent?