Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 149: Colbert Super PAC

I've been fortunate enough to be able to follow a lot of this Colbert Super PAC business and I think it's brilliant satire. Recent reports have stated that Colbert has raised over $1 million from his fans and other supporters and there are a whole lot of people who don't get it at all. What are these people donating to this clown for, they might say. Here's what they're donating for.

The Colbert Super PAC has shown one of the many reasons why our current political system is broken. The whole interplay between Colbert and Stewart with the renamed "Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC" showed how easy it is for candidates to raise a ridiculous amount of money for a campaign. What if some of this money went to creating jobs instead of creating attack ads? That's in the subtext of this whole Colbert Super PAC business. Colbert and Stewart are bringing these laws into the light so that the laws, like vampires, can burst and be reformed in the next couple of years. Personally, I think that these campaigns should be capped at a certain (reasonable) dollar amount. If they get money beyond that point, they should immediately donate it to charity. Won't that make them look better than an attack ad would anyway? Food for thought.

Today I continued writing guest posts for my upcoming March and April blog tour for The Post-College Guide to Happiness. I think it's going to be pretty awesome and hopefully it will get my book a lot of attention (61 straight days of anything on the net is bound to get a few folks to turn their heads). In addition, I worked on Identity Interrupted and posted a blog post of character writing prompts about the work obsessed. Hope everyone is having a great warm Chicago (or elsewhere) kind of day!

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