Nonprofits are taking a beating in this recession and yet PACs and public election campaign coffers are EXPLODING BEYOND BELIEF!
The article below makes a couple of great points including that when it comes to PACs we really should be aware of where the money comes from and goes. SIX BILLION DOLLARS--that's right $6,000,000,000--will be spent on this year's presidential election campaigns. THAT'S JUST ONE ELECTION!
Walden, the author, makes another very good point, and I bring it up because there is another outbreak of E. coli in this country today, having killed 2 and sickened at least 11 and spread from New Orleans to near Atlanta, right in the CDC's back yard (so far that we know of). Walden writes:
"Please try to ramp up your own giving [to nonprofits] so that nonprofits don't have to shoulder the burden of drastic cut backs in local and state government services; to help meet needs in a world where ...the spread of disease has not yet been adequately mastered. Nonprofits generally try to cope with these problems and many others."
In case you are wondering--and for comparison sake--the entire annual budget of the CDC and ATSDR is $11.25 B and an estimated 61 people die annually from E coli outbreaks alone. I often wonder what good could and would be done with all this money if special interests weren't using it to legally bribe our elected officials.
IT'S LEGAL CORRUPTION vs FOOD BORNE ILLNESS PREVENTION and IDENTIFICATION
While 75% of Americans believe that money buys results in Washington a billion dollars has already been spent so far this year on federal election campaigns, and, as Karen Carpenter sang, "we've only just begun." The campaigns are just getting started; the primaries were only two days ago. At the same time, we have people dying in our own country of an illness that is often preventable. In 1988, scientists from Cornell and the USDA reported that grain-based cattle diets promote the growth of E. coli. They observed that changing the cattle diet from grain to hay or grass-- the natural diet of cows -- for only five days before slaughter reduced E. coli bacteria by 80%.
Not only aren't we prioritizing the PREVENTION of food borne illnesses such as E. coli, but we also aren't prioritizing the IDENTIFICATION of deadly baterium in our food supply: according to ABC news online "Until this week, the government was not checking meat for the 0145 strain [of E. coli which is the one responsible for these two deaths and 11 illnesses].