The economy is in rough shape these days. My business not only suffers from a dwindling client base (most of the wiser people vacated Michigan long ago, taking their children with them), it is also being hit by high costs – mostly due to the mumbo-jumbo of regulatory doublespeak coming from Lansing - and continuing competition. Competition is a good thing for us capitalists, but we haven’t raised our prices since 2000. We can’t, or we wouldn’t have customers at all. On the other hand, I’m willing to bet that the price of gas, food and incidentals have gone up since then.
Being a resourceful person, I’ve been looking around for ways to bring in more money to my household. We’ve been bouncing our ideas around like tennis balls in an empty swimming pool. Of course, in this day and age, you have to be careful. Having a novel idea, one that no one has thought of, helps. Protecting your entrepreneurial thought from predators is another. There should be low or no overhead and a high return on whatever investment is made. Ventures should be within the boundaries of the law.
With this in mind, I set out to sell my vote come November 4. This includes the state ballot as well as the presidential choice.
For one thing, I am not impressed by the presidential race, so my vote is blowing in the breeze like a hanging chad. In good conscience, I can’t honestly pull the lever (or in my case, mark the spot) for either candidate. Anyway, since I have this vote, why not make some money from it? My original thought was to make enough to bring both my children home from college for the Christmas break. I’m thinking $1000 should cover it.
What? Sell my vote? It’s blasphemy, you say?
Well, no, not really, take a look at the facts.
After all, politicians do it all the time. Take a look at the city of Detroit. Let’s say you own a consulting business and have a couple thousand extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket. Theoretically you can grease the palm of a councilman and get them to vote to use your firm for the job. Heck, they even approved a guy to sell copiers to the city when he doesn’t own a copier company, nor is he employed by any copier company. That’s just the tip of the iceberg in Detroit, and that’s just one almost-major metropolitan city.