I came to speak the truth. Numbers cannot tell a lie. Okay, so maybe they can spin the truth, or slant, manipulate, possibly exaggerate to meet its own needs. But I am Kayla. I came to say out loud what you’re imagining, but may not have put into words yet. Tonight the truth is embedded in the numbers.
You should know that:
- It isn’t Federal, and it isn’t Reserved for you. That’s the first thing people should know before we discuss anything political.
- In 2012, $48 billion will be spent on all Department of Health and Human Services; including all cash assistance, Medicare, and Medicaid expenses. That seems like a lot until you figure that it is 1.5% of the $3.83 trillion federal budget. Compare that to the $1.03 -$1.415 trillion spent on military and defense. (Obama, 2011)
- According to the Human Genome Project, people are 99.9% genetically the same. This means that the concept of race is socially constructed, and therefore is a real social problem.
- According to CNN Money Market, of the Top 10 Most Admired Companies Apple is #1 (now type: Apple, mass suicide, foxconn, into your search bar) for the fourth year in a row. Of the companies on that list, none of them made the Top 10 Most Socially Responsible Companies list. (Ironically though, on that list Statoil is #1, and Whole Foods is #6.) Coca-Cola is #6 on the Most Admired list. Really?
- Bi-polar disorder affects 1% of the population, and the rate is 30 times higher in female poets, 1/3 of Nobel Poet Laureate’s.
I think this is a good thing. In nature, the pendulum swings both ways equally. I think the truth has finally out. I see a vision of enlightenment in the future. The Generation after, the Generation after Gen X have chosen a leader. A face, a spokesperson who is a catalyst for social responsibility combined with altruism. I will write his name in on the ballot if I have to. America has gotten feisty lately. And I like it.