Early in life I realized there was more to life than how much money I could make. I didn’t receive a great deal of pleasure from shopping or acquiring stuff, so a minimalist lifestyle was easy to adopt. I am happy where I am and don’t long for more. Yet, that mindset can lead me to wonder why others need so much or how individuals can accept large expenditures on their behalf.
When I was nineteen my uncle openly bragged about the cost of insurance for his and his wife’s jewelry. I struggled with that one. Why would you spend money on jewelry that you then worried about so much that you would insure it? Me, I loved to express my individuality through jewelry but preferred costume pieces that wouldn’t draw unwanted attention.
Then there are the bigger items. I want to see money spent on our veterans to care for them when they return from combat. I want to see our seniors needs met, and I want to see everyone have access to doctors regardless of how much they earn. I want to see homelessness end in my lifetime. We are told these things can’t happen because there isn’t enough money.
What could we do with $365 million dollars a year? In the US I believe we could end homelessness, or ensure every child had food to eat. With that kind of money I think we could start to chip away at those other wishes from my list.
Why did I choose $365 million as my example? Because that is the cost of providing security for our First Lady who chooses to live in New York City instead of the White House. That’s not the entire amount spent on security for the First Family. Don’t forget there are four other adult children who are entitled to security plus the President himself. The total daily costs must be mind-boggling. And it is all provided through your and my tax dollars.
So let’s pretend for just a moment that we had some say in how our tax dollars were spent. It’s your moment to decide this simple question. You have twenty-four hours to spend $1 million dollars in a way that would benefit others, where would you spend it?