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August 29, 2012

Bill Moyers

Filed under: Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 10:52 am

Bill Moyers had an interesting show last week on Nuns on a Bus, the Catholic nuns that traveled by bus  to protest against Paul Ryan’s proposed budget. Although, groovygirl disagrees with alot of ideas in this segment, she thought the discussion about the poor in America was excellent.

Click here for full video or portions of the hour-long show.

I think one thing we can agree on is that the War on Poverty is not won. And during this economic crisis, it will only get worse. Regardless of what government does or doesn’t do about meeting the needs of the poor (that is politics), everyone has an obligation as a human being to aid in the struggle at the level he/she is able.

Poor and middle class people give a higher percentage of their income to charity than rich people. Although rich people give a higher dollar amount. But it is the percentage that reveals the heart, not the dollar amount. I believe the reason for this phenomenon is that poor and middle class either have been poor at one time or see the poor struggling on a day-to-day basis.

And who says you have to give dollars…give food, time, energy, compassion, a listening ear….

Groovygirl hates reality TV. However, she would be willing to rescind her contempt, if……there were a show where politicians and appointed government officials had to disguise themselves and live on the street/shelter as homeless Americans. (Like the Undercover Boss show.) Groovygirl bets that if that were to happen, homeless shelter and food programs would not be cut. (Oh, and make sure they have to take care of a couple of kids under 10, too.)

gg personally thinks this should be a requirement for public office. Just my two cents.


  1. This is true — but most of the charities are scams…

    As little as 10% of the money actually gets to the people they are trying to help…

    In order to actually help someone — you would be better off giving to the people directly… ( sponsor a soup kitchen / or food donation / etc.. )

    The fraud in the non-profits is as bad as the fraud on Wall Street

    The times we live in are interesting indeed

    Comment by madmax — August 29, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  2. Madmax,

    gg completely agrees. Keeping charity as local as possible is also a good idea. In addition, there are websites that rank 403cs. Look for one that has admin costs at or below 10%. These websites also put the annual reports and tax forms online in which you can comb through yourself.


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — August 30, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  3. yes — but since there is no tax and they prepare the reports — what is the incentive to do a honest report??

    Comment by madmax — August 30, 2012 @ 10:56 am

  4. You are correct, Madmax. Same can be said for the For Profit Corporations 🙂 That’s why doing your homework is as beneficial.

    Who are the big donors, they are on the report. Do they work with any third party giving organizations that might check them out more closely than you can? Who is on their board? Their background? Same for their directors. There is lots of information on the web for non-profits. Learn to read the reports.

    Here is one such website:


    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — August 30, 2012 @ 11:29 am

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