Thursday, April 18, 2013
No Money for the NRA and NPR
I don't give money to the NRA. Yes, I'm concerned about my Second Amendment Rights. There are other organizations and ways of protecting the Bill of Rights. Originally, I stopped giving them money because of their fear based ad campaigns. Organizations that try to manipulate me though emotion are always suspect. These days I don't support them because they aren't about the little guys. They get the lion's share of their funding from the firearms industry. They don't need any from me.
Just to be an equal opportunity grump, I don't give money to NPR. National Public Radio is one of the few stations that comes in where I live, so I listen to it now and then. Never hurts to get another viewpoint on the world. NPR used to be ad free but for a while now they've had short corporate ads. Corporations provide enough funding to be able to set the agenda. If you don't think money talks, you haven't been paying attention.
Actually, neither organization is missing out on much. There's not a lot of money left in my budget for charity. Sure, I give some where I know it'll do the most good -organizations with very low overhead and good track records. Mostly, I give of my own time and energy. There's nothing more efficient and human than directly helping someone who needs it.