If something comes up on my radar once, I usually ignore it.
If something shows up twice, ehh...most likely coincidence.
Three times may be a short term trend.
But when it comes up FIVE times, then I know somethings amiss.
And something is terribly amiss with The United Way.
I have been out of the work force for quite sometime. And when I was in the work force, my wonderfully clam and amicable demeanor told any HR rep or manager never to ask me to donate to charity. It was very clear I was a stringent fiscal libertarian and really have no pity for the poor as I too was once poor and managed to get myself out of without a single penny of help from anybody.
But with an e-mail from a fan, "Rich," it makes now SIX times that I've heard about employees being forced or arm twisted by their bosses or their HR managers to donate to The United Way.
So I decided to do some research, and hokie smokes, it's a god damned epidemic. The most "authoritative" article (I guess) was this one here from the SF Gate. But a basic Bing search pulls up hundreds of stories, articles, discussion boards, etc. about how (in addition to a 40% tax rate) they're forced to donate to the United Way.
Why the United Way is so prevalent, and no other charities are mentioned, I do not know. And whereas my intellectually honest mind says, "There probably are other charities like this," my cynical and statistical mind says, "no, there's something nefarious going on here. The United Way would not be mentioned so frequently."
So lieutenants, economists, agents in the field, children, and Cappy Cappites, how about we flex this here new-found media muscle and do our best to dissuade people from donating to the United Way? Charity ought to be optional, not forced or coerced. And since we're already forced and coerced by liberals via the government to donate to their pet charities, the least we can do is tell the HR bitch and the manager douche to shove it next time they ask us to donate to the United Way.