Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Walk Out On Week Three!


Remember to Walk Out On Week Three!

As I mentioned in my (Mostly Hypothetical) Preview of the St. Louis Rams, the NFL pays over two billion dollars in salary to players every year -- money that you and I and everyone else who watches NFL games gave voluntarily.

That level of money is ridiculous in a country where half of all families survive on less than $46,000 per year. And yet, politicians -- mostly Republicans -- continue to insist that we can't raise taxes to do things like provide medical care for treatable conditions. Or pay teachers. Or do anything else that needs doing.

People will voluntarily give over two billion dollars a year to the NFL -- but won't let their taxes go up even 1% to save someone's life? That can't be, America. That. Can't. Be.

I'm asking NFL fans to demonstrate our society's commitment to providing a better life for everyone -- and not just for spoiled millionaires and billionaires who play games this way:

Voluntarily refrain from watching any NFL games in Week 3 of this season: Turn off the TV, and go do something else that week. Don't watch football, don't talk about football, don't watch other people talk about football.

And, that week, take the money you'd have spent on the NFL -- whether it be lunch while you watched the game, a t-shirt, whatever -- and give it to charity.

My charity of choice is Autism Speaks. But you can find your own charity by going to Charity Navigator.

Spread the word and make sure people know about Walk Out On Week Three.

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