The Buck Stops Here

In light of the recent financial news, one Mama has a message for Obama.
Author:
Publish date:

Dear Barack Obama,

While I still haven't made up my mind in the election (I can't decide if I'm comfortable electing Tina Fey into the White House), I have to get something off my chest that's been bugging me for a while now. To be blunt: It's your emails.

Every single day of the week - Saturday and Sunday included, you send me emails. Actually, sometimes you send them, sometimes your wife sends them, sometimes your campaign manager David Plouffe sends them, but no matter, you have officially become a spammer.

Without fail, my inbox has been littered with your messages - asking me to donate to your campaign at every turn. And today, of all days - the day that Lehman Bros. files for bankruptcy and several other banks are on the verge of collapsing, your handlers send out a blast asking for donations so you can reach your goal of signing up 50,000 more supporters. And yesterday, you sent me a message that you raised over $60 million dollars during the month of August. Go you.

Senator Obama, I have a message for you: If that isn't the height of insensitivity, I don't know what is.

You should sooner take the money you are earning along the campaign trail and rather than use it to fuel jets and pay for television ads, perhaps infuse it back into our economy. If your goal is to raise $300 million dollars by November, I can see a lot of great ways to spend that money and it does not involve getting you elected to office. I would rather have received a heartfelt email offering a sound solution to our economic woes than yet another plea to dig into my pockets and DONATE NOW to your campaign.

While I am currently not supporting your opponent, I hope you will realize that sending out emails every single day of the week asking for donations can get a bit taxing on someone who is a small business owner trying to make ends meet with a husband who works in the crumbling finance industry.

Perhaps since I'm a New Yorker, the topic of finance hits close to home, but I'm sure you're well aware this latest economic news will have implications for Americans across our country. So I beg you - please stop asking me for donations. And if you happen to wind up with extra cash at the end of the election, please use those funds to help those who need it more than our presidential candidates.

Signed,

One mom against campaign donations

Read more from Beth at www.RoleMommy.com

Related

MamaVote Talks to Cokie Roberts

She’s an award winning reporter and news analyst and one of the most recognized faces in television news, but Cokie Roberts will tell you that none of it was ever her plan.

The Economics of Parenthood, an interview with Susan Athey

Susan Athey is one of the most impressive young economists today. At just 37-years-old she has been a tenured professor at MIT, Stanford University and currently Harvard University. In this exclusive MamaVote interview, Susan shares her ideas on the economy and the economics of parenthood.

Welcome!

At TodaysMama we’ve always been passionate about the events and issues that shape our country and our world. As mothers, business owners and individuals in an ever-changing world that is becoming increasingly smaller and smaller we feel that our collective role is more important than ever. We see people everywhere making a difference in our world and we see that mothers matter more than ever.

Nuts & Bolts: Donate to a Candidate

wanted to send my grandma a quick hello message… but then I decided that I should find the perfect card, and probably throw in a little spring treat if I’m going to bother mailing it…needless to say it’s now on my should-do list. Many things on this list have common ground in a good idea that I’ve decided somewhere along the way wasn’t quite enough.

“The Cult of Obama”

T-shirts with his face on them are everywhere. He briefly broke out a personalized seal for himself, reminiscent of the presidential seal. His supporters greet him with tears of joy, as they would Miley Cyrus or the Pope. Yes, he’s popular. But he isn’t, actually, a rock star or pontiff.