So here I am back from family festivities with no ready news of a debt deal from congress. Now I have to write a tongue, ever so slightly in cheek, article that asks the question I have pondered all weekend. If the Dems. and the Reps. can’t lead the way through this debt “crisis”, can social media lead the way through our debt dilemma?
Social media has been so good at fomenting change during the 2011 Arab Spring, now Arab summer. It has been so often used to bring about, or at least attempt, regime change, that the United Nations has taken interest in the power of social media. So much so that the phrase, “social media for social good” has been bandied about in the social media, media.
Here then is my challenge to the whiz kids of social media. Rather than using your clout to tear down nations, why not use your power to raise money to pay down the debt, and allow law makers the opportunity to chart a new course for America, without a crisis being at their heels.
This is the greatest social good that social media could do at this point in human history. The whole world is looking at the U.S. economy at this moment to see what will be done with our debt. Will our credit rating remain at Triple A? Will the dollar remain strong enough to be the world’s reserve currency?
Just imagine what could happen if the idealistic leaders in Facebook, Twitter started the ball rolling be getting one or more NGOs to collect money to pay down the debt. Make this the greatest cause in the history of the world, or the United States at least. This could be bigger than the telethon for 9/11, Farm-Aid, USA for Africa, or Band-Aid. It could be USA Debt-Aid.
We could have concerts on Facebook and YouTube to begin things. The success with this may make major record labels, recording artists and networks want to get in on the act with arena concerts and concert deals. We could get Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson etc., performing for the good old USA>
Maybe then Oprah might get together with Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz to donate large sums of money to aiding the country that was the economic incubator for their success.
Then the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB could donate a weekend’s revenue to the cause of saving American as we know it.
If that is not enough we could ask the one thousand wealthiest people in the United States to donate ten percent of their net worth to the cause. The United States has traditionally given the wealthy the fertile economic soil to make billions, it seems only patriotic to give back a portion of what they have gleaned.
Speaking of patriotism, why not campaign for the one thousand most profitable corporations operating in the United States to give back ten percent of their gross income for the past year simply to pay off the debt. We could do the same with NGOs, hospitals and churches operating in the United States.
Once we have the debt paid down, we can discuss economic reforms from Medicare For All, or a minimum family income to ending the Fed or going back on the gold standard.
Well, this idea seems to make more sense than threatening to take away benefits from the elderly and the veterans.