One of the things I hate the most about our democracy is how candidates are constantly asking for political donations. It’s embarrassing. I donated $20 to Andrew Yang early on and now I’m asked every two days via email to give more money to his campaign. Did you think me giving you a small donation was going to open the floodgates to my bank account? Sorry, not sorry. That’s not the way our relationship works.
I like Andrew Yang and I plan on voting for him. I agree with almost all of his positions. What I agree with the most is his view on automation and the threat it poses to the working class. Automation has been replacing humans in the workplace for quite a while now. Most of our elected leaders have been oblivious to this fact. They also seem oblivious to the fact that this replacement rate has been increasing more and more every single year.
A while back I wanted to get one of those MATH baseball hats Andrew Yang supporters where. I like baseball hats. I like Andrew Yang. I went to the website and found out they were $35 each with $11.59 shipping. I’ve never paid $46.49 for a baseball hat, not even for my Washington Nationals World Series hat. I know for a fact it doesn’t cost $11.59 to ship a baseball hat. That’s just silly. You cannot claim to like math if you think $46.59 is a fair price for a dad hat with four letters embroidered on it.
As much as I like Andrew Yang, I’m not the kind of person who spends almost fifty bucks on an adjustable hat.
Before asking someone for political donations, make sure they can afford it
Current federal campaign finance laws limit the amount any one person can give to a candidate at $2,800. Once you’ve donated that amount to a candidate, they cannot accept more of your money. When making a donation online, you must provide your occupation and employer. What you don’t have to reveal is how much money you earn.
I have a real problem with that.
Not everyone can afford to give $2,800 to their favorite presidential candidate. I know I can’t. I’m getting to the point where I feel as though presidential candidates look at everyone who’s ever thrown them some money at them is a possible $2,800. Candidates should be making sure individuals donating to their campaigns can afford the donations they’re giving them. I know for a fact many of them can’t.
For example, if an individual makes a donation to a candidate and indicates they earn the minimum wage, maybe it would be a good idea not to email them every two days asking for more money.
When a journalist asked bank robber Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, it was reported he said, “Banks are where the money is.” Sutton denied ever saying this, but he was a bank robber. They’re not known for their truthiness. Even if the quote was anecdotal, its sentiment was true. Like banks, rich people’s wine caves are where the money is at.
Candidates should be pestering rich people for free money, not waitresses working the dayshift at Red Lobster or people driving strangers around in their personal vehicles as an Uber or Lyft driver.
Begging the working class for political donations is not a virtue. Having a large contingent of so-called “small donors” is something to be concerned about, not something to be flaunted. Presidential candidates needing money should find rich people who agree with their platform and ask them for political donations.