Saturday, November 12, 2005

$Voting With Our Dollars$

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Peggy brought this letter to my attention this morning.

It's from the correspondence section of this months The Sun magazine (a great alternative press publication if you're not familiar with it) and it reminded us once again of the importance of where, how and what we spend our money on.

The letter did leave one big gaping question in my heart though, how do those without dollars to vote with make their voices heard?



Blogger madcapmum said...

I don't have an answer to your question, Jim, but here's a thought. There's a huge middle class on this continent, and a hell of a lot of people giving lip service to care for the poor, disliking chains, wanting to support small business, etc. My dollars need to speak for those who don't have that voice.

And then there's the question of what "poor" means and doesn't, but it's too late for that right now...

8:53 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

That's a good question, Jim, and it points out why the poor are not represented. Those of us with a conscience try to speak for those without a voice. We are barely audible above the din of big money. We do hope though that little sounds we do make collectively will eventually drown out the biggest dollars around.

10:07 AM  
Blogger I_Wonder said...

The idea has occurred to me that an option on all ballots should be "None of the above". I don't like to eliminate the worst choices and settle for the one option that remains. I think we should have a way to say that another election is needed with new candidates and new options.

11:21 AM  
Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

The "poor" spend more money each month than *I* do, my whole and entire family of 6. They spend plenty of money and have lots of votes, almost as many as the corporate conglomerates. I see too much of it to deny it exists. There is a whole industry based on "helping" the poor, mostly government supported and they are plenty powerful too. I've been a part of that so I can't deny its existence either.

What I think has no voice right now is the cause of freedom.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I wonder-

Funny, on November 8th while tapping on the screen of the electronic voting machine at my fire-station polling place, I once again reviewed the choices I had for local representation, then went looking for a 'None Of The Above' option.

You would think I'd know better by now.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Mum, RD, I Wonder & CG-

I started to respond to your comments here but got carried away with it and have posted further thoughts on the subject in a new blog post.

4:20 PM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

While we all get the same number of votes for President--we each get one, when we "vote with our dollars" we're never equally represented.

I know, we can debate the polling system, but bear with me here. I'm simply pointing out that every dollar is not equal and that anyone standing behind the idea that we "vote with dollars" is only reinforcing the inequality we are using the coined phrase to fight.

Just another opinion.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Good point Jim. Joel Bakan made the same observation in "The Corporation" - he summed up the problem this way: "one dollar, one vote."

8:50 PM  
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10:45 PM  

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