A tearful Sally Struthers used to be the only one we had to worry about. Now, charitable organizations are trying to make us feel guilty right and left so that we strain our already-strained wallets even further. Oh, well. I guess that in these times it’s always nice to know that someone somewhere always has it worse off than you do…
You’d never know that we’re in a severe economic downturn, given the number of fundraising appeals that I receive via e-mail and snail mail every day.
I understand that charitable organizations are hurting — many have gone under and many more are threatened with going under — but Jesus fuck, we of the working class are not just nickeled and dimed, but we are are five-dollared and 10-dollared to death as it is.
So why the big push on fundraising e-mails and snail mails now? Who has money that they can just give away? The rich don’t give (they don’t even want to pay their fair share of taxes) and the middle class can’t afford to give — not anymore.
I have to wonder if the cost of sending the snail-mail fundraising appeals is even recouped by those who actually can afford to send anything in.
And it pisses me off royally that if we of the working and middle class want anything good in our nation, we have to fucking donate to charities and/or we have to volunteer our time when we already are working one or two (or maybe even three) jobs.
Why don’t our fucking tax dollars go toward helping those who need help instead of to endless bogus wars in the Middle East for the war profiteers of the military-industrial complex? And to bailing out corrupt corporations?
We of the working and middle class get screwed right and left. We are the only ones who pay taxes — corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes like the plague – and if we want a better world, we have to pay even more out of pocket and/or give even more of our already limited time and energy to charitable organizations. It’s sick, twisted and wrong.
So is the e-mail that I received today with this subject line: “The dog with no lips: Her inspiring story.”
“The dog with no lips.”
I couldn’t make that kind of shit up.
And here is a nice visual to go along with the Humane Society of the United States’ fundraising appeal:
The name of the lipless dog is Fay, of Missouri. She lost her lips from having been used in dog fighting. (Her story is here.)
Don’t get me wrong. I’m an animal lover. I hate animal cruelty. I would string up those who treat dogs and other animals as Fay was treated, except that people are animals, too, and again, I’m against animal cruelty. (Besides, only the Repugnicans and the “Christians” endorse torture.)
I have donated to the Humane Society and yes, even to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and to other animal-welfare organizations.
But Jesus fuck, are we of the working and middle class not already shell-shocked enough that we have to receive e-mails with pictures of lipless dogs?
And again, why aren’t my tax dollars already going to the needy instead of to the fucking greedy?
Unfortunately, this overload of fundraising appeals at the worst possible time makes me want to give even less, not more.
If I’m not the only one who feels that way — and I can’t imagine that I am — then the charitable organizations are harming, not helping themselves by not knowing when and where to stop.