Wednesday, December 10, 2008

You can have an Obama [insert anything]!

It's interesting how many e-mails I get from Barack Obama's campaign as well as MoveOn.org a month after elections have ended. They are still trying to raise money, and are going about trying to get donations by offering many different free items for your donation. In the past few weeks I have been offered "limited edition" calendars, hats, scarves, t-shirts (first there was a Victory t-shirt, now there's an Inauguration t-shirt), long-sleeve t-shirts, and stickers. Actually, the stickers from MoveOn.org were free right after the election, although they encouraged you to also make a donation (I got a free one).

Do people really need to be essentially bribed to give money? Wouldn't it be more effective if all of the money went to the campaign, instead of also having to pay for the goodies? But yet, I can't help but want the goodies myself. The idea of "free" things, even if I'm technically paying for it, can be too much to resist! However, I have indeed resisting giving more money to anyone this late in the year (Although I did get conned into finally giving to an environmental group, and my "gift" for being a first time donor should be coming in the mail soon!).

On another note, anyone who watches The Daily Show is probably thinking about the segment they did just after the election about all of the Obama stuff that is floating around nowadays. "Get your commemorate plate now, to celebrate the election of our first black president!" It's consumerism at it's best (or worst, depending on how you look at it), but yet I still want "stuff" so I can commemorate such an exciting time in America! So far I've only succumbed to stickers though, as I'm trying to get less "stuff" in general!! I guess it helps to have a limited amount of disposable income, thank you graduate school! Although most people can probably "thank" the recession for giving them that same situation.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Yeah, I find it kind of annoying. Part of the problem was that I had managed to subscribe to obama emails under 2 different email addresses, so I was getting duplicates of everything.

Even so, I don't really understand what exactly the need for all of the money is. They act like they are so desperate for our funds, but Obama has set by far the largest record in raising money. What is all of this going to be used for?

It was particularly insulting that the victory email sent out by Obama on election night included a "Donate Now" button. It really seemed like on such a momentous occasion they could have afford to not beg for our cash at least once.