A Note About Money
The number one reaction from people who know me, when I made my announcement for Senate, was “You’d be an awesome Senator.” For that I thank you, and, I agree. I wouldn’t be bothering to do this if I didn’t think I’d be good at it, because I’m mostly a “let sleeping dogs lie” kind of person. When things are working, I leave them alone.
HOWever, we all know things are NOT working in Washington, so, someone has to step up and try to fix that.
But, interestingly, the initial response from people who don’t know me well is generally, “Wow. That takes a lot of money.” This is true for strangers, and for other politically active people I know, particularly those of moderate circumstances. As usual, I’ve failed to notice a social contract that excludes my participation. Yeah, I tend to do that.
So, a story. When I was a scholarship middle schooler at Tower Hill, a friend of mine organized a student exchange with an “open” school. She wanted her friends from this “alternative” environment to see TH, and vice-versa. They asked for volunteers to do a week in Vermont and host, in exchange, a student from there for a week. I volunteered.
I was asked into an audience with the headmaster, who told me that “While we all love you here, Brooke, for only a week, we thought we’d send someone who was ‘more the Tower Hill type’. “ Instead, they sent someone who couldn’t take an exchange student and put the Vermont girl in my house for the week they were hosted here. Because it was okay to use my parents’ food and shelter, as long as someone in wide wale corduroys was the public face.
I wasn’t on scholarship because I was stupid. And I’m not stupid now. There are a lot of goodies people with lots of money get. We all know that. What they shouldn’t get is our government as their exclusive playground.
While everyone, including progressive bloggers, asked me about money, only one person asked me a question about what I believed. Maybe that’s because what I believe is usually on full display. I thought the process was: talk about what needs to be done and how to do it. Then, if people agree with you, find a way (probably involving some money) to get your answers a wider audience. Then let the voters decide if they like your answers.
Apparently, I’m not a “serious candidate” if I don’t start with raising money. I guess I’m a different kind of “serious candidate.” I’m serious about solving the kinds of problems that Congress seems unable to solve with their current population - the ones who raise money first.