Greetings from Siem Reap, Cambodia--home of Angkor Wat, the magnificent Hindu/Buddhist temples in the jungle! I've been here for two days. Seen the Wat. Dealt with the really annoying tourist-sales population "you want to buy t-shirt? no? you want to buy cold drink? ok, $1.00 for Coke can." Yes, and I've been royally screwed by tourist prices.
But that's not wat I'm writing about.
I'm writing about an idea that I'd like to bounce off you folks. See, our nice President has generously guaranteed aid money for Africa this year. $42 million of it, I believe. A pittance. To be fair, I have yet to read what exactly the aid will be for--details to be addressed. Anyway, the fact that the amount Mr. Bush wants to give is so trivial--especially in comparison to what the USA spends on other things--got me thinking.
Corporations sometimes match their employees' donations. So why don't we match Mr. Bush's donation?
So here's the idea. Set up a website, something like matchthepresidentsdonation.com, that is simply dedicated to raising $42 million in aid for Africa, with 100% of the proceeds going to whatever organization the Federal money goes to. Get some media coverage. Get the word out.
1) Show what a pittance $42 million is, and encourage Mr. Bush (and our Congress) to dig a little deeper.
2) Contribute to the African aid efforts. Any of them. All of them.