Thursday, December 23, 2010

Please Help: You Can Make a Difference

I know it's easy to get caught up in the lights, the presents, and the shopping this time of year. We all do, myself included.

But it's important to remember that there are many less fortunate than us out there who won't be able to buy their children expensive new Christmas toys.

Take newly appointed Conservative Senator Larry Smith:

Newly named Conservative Senator Larry Smith denied he was employing a cynical political strategy by accepting a Senate position while planning to run as an MP in the future, saying he has taken a "dramatic, catastrophic" pay cut to serve the public.

Yes, Larry Smith will only be making $132,000 as a Senator. I don't know about you, but hearing about this just breaks my heart.

So what can we do? Well, before you splurge on that extra gift for your son or mother, I would suggest sending a cheque to the following address:

Larry Smith Catastrophic Relief Fund
The Senate of Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A4

UPDATE: Video Here


  • Poor guy, we should help him. His children are going to suffer. After all, he is giving up his life in service to Canada. I really think that public servants should be recognized as rather saintly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:28 p.m.  

  • I might just send him a buck or two.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 p.m.  

  • Painful to watch. Is there a monthly donation option?

    By Anonymous daveberta, at 3:58 p.m.  

  • This campaign really needs a good charity commercial. A Sarah McLachlan song, a concerned actor saying "For the less than the price of an X-Box a day, you can make a difference in a Senator's life", fed and clothed children making sad faces...

    I bet you wish you waited on asking people to vote for the 2010 quote of the year until after today, eh, CG? :)

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:41 p.m.  

  • If you deride people for stating honestly their experiences with their salaries, you're reducing the likelihood of getting people in politics who are successful and/or honest.

    The guy is politically insensitive, and that's fine. Criticize him for that. But he's evidently not greedy. he evidently has a desire to help his community that outweighs his own personal financial well-being. I don't think that's a quality that deserves derision.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 a.m.  

  • Send him a few pennies, while they are still legal tender.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:53 p.m.  

  • RE: Anonymous 1129

    " But he's evidently not greedy. he evidently has a desire to help his community that outweighs his own personal financial well-being."

    I don't think we should be too naive about the long-term benefits of being involved at a high, and influential level of government. Sure, Smith is giving up immediate compensation, but I suspect that in the long-run, he'll more than make up for it.

    Arguably, once one reaches a certain level of wealth, the benefit at the margin of MORE wealth may be significantly less than the marginal benefit of INFLUENCE.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 5:52 p.m.  

  • I like to get up early to go out and breathe fresh air. I feel that it is good for health and a good habit

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10:55 p.m.  

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