Monday, September 29, 2008

Something Completely Different about Money

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There's a lot I want to write about the bailout, the effects in Asia and Europe, and how the vote will turn out today. But until the financial systems completely collapse, I'd like to ask you to do something with YOUR money.

If we've learned nothing else from the financial crisis, it's that perception becomes reality. And that's true with a lot of things. So here's my perceptual plan, and I hope you'll join me.

In August, about 500,000 people donated money to the Obama campaign, bringing the total number of donors to about 2.5 million. Can you imagine the psychological affect of FIVE million people giving to the campaign? TEN?

I know, you've already given. Yup, me too. But maybe you know people who have not. Imagine if 10 people you know who haven't given to the campaign each give $5. And if each of them knew 10 people who haven't given who also give $5. And so on. My rudimentary math indicates that those donor numbers could rise A LOT (note that technical math term) in a quick period of time.

We know there are a lot of people who never donate to any campaign. We know that because there are more than 150 million registered voters. So potentially, you personally know one or two. I hope you'll think about it.

And because I can't get my mind off the bailout: