Being Part of a Solution Does Not Make You Right
Can 10 million dollars be considered an "investment" by the national government? Isn't our dept in the TRILLIONS?
Our government has found another way to feel good about themselves. We've decided to donate 10 million dollars to fund the building of "PlayPumps." These merry-go-rounds are connected to underground water reservoirs, and store water as the children spin. This is not a joke.
Sounds cute, right? "Kids play, water pumps!" Even the King himself, Jay-Z, has gotten involved. There's a catch. Money talks:
"In addition to providing safe drinking water, the pioneering product uses advertising billboards located on the storage tank to deliver powerful educational messages to children and families. The advertising revenue helps ensure a decade of system maintenance."
We'll give you water for 10 years. All you need to do is spin a merry-go-round, buy our products, and stop having sex. Oh, and here's a Bible. No, we don' have condoms. I wish I was making this up.
By 2025, most of Africa will be in a "water stress." That's more than ten years from now. I assume all of the PlayPump funds will have dried up, the kids will grow up, and we'll forget. At least, they'll have a play ground.
Real problems require real solutions. Pipes, water plants, education, jobs, and self-reliance help end a water crisis. Cute doesn't end a water crisis. Chancletas are for girls. Just ask DMX.
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