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Politics and Philanthropy

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I certainly have no problem seeing where philanthropy fits in with social enterprise; but politics? And all this time I thought that politicians took more than they gave; silly me.

Politics And Social Enterprise

Well of course politicians have to participate in social enterprise. For the same reason they run around shaking hands and hugging babies; or the other way around; they must appeal to the public’s sense of goodness by giving if they want to achieve any kind of political accomplishment. And whereas these politicians may actually be extremely heartfelt in their benevolent actions; it remains, after all, the name of the game. Whoever can make themselves look best and the other guy look bad has a good chance at coming out ‘on top’; or ‘the winner’. Though frequently the old saying rings true: “you catch more flies with honey…” so philanthropy is probably the more preferable of the two different methods of getting ahead. Spew out too much mudslinging, and you end up looking like the bad guy; the method can backfire when you cross the line.

Social Enterprise Would Be Nonexistent Without The Philanthropy Of Others

Social enterprise in and of itself depends on the generosity, compassion, humanity and charitable contributions of others. Task forces for fighting hunger; groups that advocate for the proper treatment of animals; organizations that strive to conquer medical and mental afflictions; institutions that support and encourage assistance to former veterans of United States armed forces (handicapped or otherwise); all of these are social enterprises. They are businesses whose first and foremost concern is for the mutual good of all. We are constantly bombarded with requests to help support these institutions through the mail, on the radio, through television commercials and even through emails. The really gutsy charity seekers actually go door to door. Don’t even bother with 'no solicitation' signs—they don’t work—they are ignored—the get taken down when you’re not looking (sometimes).

The good news for the contributors is that these donations are more likely than not tax deductible. The good news for the social enterprises is that they can continue their philanthropic efforts. Want to read more about politics? Visit www.tacomastar.com.

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