My column this week will be brief. All I want to do is ask you to visit www.one.org and add your name to the petition to alleviate poverty worldwide. It is a nonpartisan effort, backed by the likes of U2’s Bono and The 700 Club’s Pat Robertson. It costs you nothing. It takes 2 minutes. It will help lift 1 billion people out of generational poverty. There is no downside here.


18 Responses to “www.one.org”

  1. Al Sturgeon Says:

    Bunch of crap. Didn’t take me two minutes. Took me two seconds.

    Hope everyone else signs it, too.

  2. juvenal_urbino Says:

    Well, some people type slow.

  3. wed.fly Says:

    I signed up, but now I want one of them bracelets.

  4. Coach Says:

    Wow! Whodathunk alleviating worldwide poverty would be so easy! I feel richer already. Now, where’s the petition for nuke-u-lar proliferation and overfishing? I’ve got a few extra minutes, and I don’t mind solving a few more world problems.

  5. juvenal_urbino Says:

    Coach, the personal rancor reflected in that remark I don’t intend to dignify with comment. But I would like to address your general attitude of hopeless negativism. Consider the lilies of the *$&# field.

  6. Coach Says:

    I gotta say the whole petition thing has been really liberating. I’ve discontinued my support of the Sierra Club and Amnesty International, and I sent Sally Struthers a picture of my naked backside instead of the price of a cup of coffee per day. I would’ve cancelled my support of the WWF, but I did that when I discovered it had to do with wildlife and not rasslin’. I’ve encouraged all of my friends to sign the petition, too (via email, of course, stamps cost too dang much).

  7. Al Sturgeon Says:

    Hey Coach…

    And your point is…? (other than being in a bad mood)

    Truly wonderin’

  8. Coach Says:

    C’mon, Al. As usual, I’m pointless. I really do think it’s a good idea, but it’s just fun to be annoying sometimes. There’s an important difference between sarcasm and satire, and I’m generally too lazy to make the important instructional point necessary for satire. I’m guessing that you don’t know who this is since you assumed I had a point.

  9. Al Sturgeon Says:

    No, I’m completely in the dark. Glad to know “whoever you are” was just playing…

  10. Joe Longhorn Says:

    I read every page on the site and I still have no idea how this campaign is going to do what it says its going to do. I guess they’re just going to show this petition to politicians and say, “Look at this… people really care about world AIDS, poverty, and hunger.” Well… Duh!! The trick is getting people to put their money where there mouth is, and this effort really doesn’t do that. I think it breeds a false sense of accomplishment in some folks. They watch the Sally Struthers spots on TV and say, “Well, I signed the ONE campaign petition.”

    All that being said… I signed it. But I think that we should expand the goal of an increase of 1% in the federal budget. I think that we should all sign a petition to give 1% of our personal income. That would far exceed the $21 billion dollars that equals 1% of the federal budget.

    By the way, do the other G8 countries have ONE campaigns?

  11. juvenal_urbino Says:

    Al — I know who Coach is. We were funnin’ each other.

    Joe — I think the One campaign is designed to do 2 things. First, let the politicians know that the voters would like for America to contribute more toward these goals. It’s part of a broader campaign to marshall international resources for a full-out effort to end the worst cases of generational poverty on a national scale. Supposedly, the more developed nations now have the resources available to actually do that; all that’s lacking is the political will to do it.

    The second thing I think the One campaign is designed to do is inform more people just how little America does contribute toward these goals. According to what I’ve heard on the news from people who run NGO’s, polls consistently show that most Americans think our government spends much, much more on foreign aid than it actually does.

    As to whether or not other G8 countries also have One campaigns, I don’t know. I suspect they have something similar, however, just based on the fact that several of the people and organizations involved in the U.S. One campaign have also been lobbying the G8 to get more involved.

  12. Joe Longhorn Says:

    A quick review of the federal budget shows about $20B per year in humanitarian aid. So we are only spending 1% of our budget on foreign humanitarian aid. That’s just the straight up spending on foreign AIDS, millenium summit support, food, water, medical, and economic development. I didn’t count $4B in foreign military aid, although that is almost as important in many areas of the world. Basically, the ONE campaign hopes to double current U.S. spending on foreign humanitarian aid, which would be more than the current total State Department budget. I’m not naysaying here. I just want folks to realize what they are signing. The One campaign commercials tell you that it won’t cost you a dime, which is misleading. There is always a cost associated. What we send to foreign aid, we have to be prepared to give up in domestic programs or defense. There are tradeoffs for everything. I’m not saying that this would necessarily be a bad trade. That’s why I signed the petition.

  13. juvenal_urbino Says:

    I agree. Although, this $20B could easily be considered part of State and Defense spending (the latter is already 20 times that figure).

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Coach, you are being a —–!



  15. Al Sturgeon Says:

    I’ve got an idea who Coach is now…

    Probably wrong, but it won’t be the last time.

  16. JD Says:

    I think this is just feel-good-ism. An internet sign-up is just as likely to be padded with fake names as a list of Florida voters. Who would pay attention to this? I think if we find the billions of dollars Kofi Anon has stashed away somewhere we should use it to do something great and positive with.

  17. JD Says:


    Now that’s something you can get behind.

  18. juvenal_urbino Says:

    Or this one: Do Not Feed The Energy Creature.

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