August 25, 2012
If I Were A Rich Man Tour 2012
“Justice Justice Shall You Pursue”
Never before have I really felt this statement from Deuteronomy (16:20) in my bones as I do now. In a world where people are more visibly losing hope, becoming more prone to acts of violence that are so far from our basic nature of love, it is now that Justice needs to be brought to the forefront, unless we all wish to see more unraveling of our precious democratic system and its People here in the US. Though I personally feel our system is broken, I also feel that, like anything, it is not a lost cause for repair unless no action is taken to correct some facet of it.
If I Were a Rich Man Tour
On Aug, 23, 2012, the first participants of the If I Were A Rich Man Tour made their way to Northern California, embarking on a multi-state tour to raise awareness of Fair Share Taxation. On Aug 26th, 2012, I am proud to say that I will be touring from city to city, state to state on this historical campaign, part of the Jewish Action arm of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
Why This Matters To Me
In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be a part of something like this tour; but to me, its appeal is plain and simple: All Americans should pay their fair share of taxes. Look, I’m no where near the top 1% of money earners, but I do aspire to be in the top 1-2%. This is not an merely an aspiration, but something that I have felt in my sinews since I was a child, and something I am always working on. For the record, I was an only child and I used to make bank teller registers out of shoe-boxes during my playtime. I am an entrepreneur, building a business that focuses on teaching financial health via saving, managing and making money.
Money is one of the top items on my Core Values list.
...But so are the Arts, access to basic living needs, such as palatable foods like grains and fresh vegetables, and better education for all. I am passionate about people. What most people don’t realize is that with the wealthiest not paying their share, the things that I am passionate about go away and I refuse to let valuable programs like public radio, parks and other life-lines for society to dwindle, simply because of Gordon Gekko greed.
I constantly say I want to help make sure the Arts stick around now and generations after my lifetime. It is now I am starting to understand really how to make it happen, and being a part of the “If I Were A Rich Man Tour” is a way for me to drop a bucket into the sea of hope. Plus, what better training for a future multimillionaire than to be versed in Fair Share Taxation during the lean times? Justice at work, indeed.
How You Can Help
We will be heading to many districts, including stopping at both the Republican National Convention in Florida and the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. You can take part and follow along on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #RichMan.
You can also sign the petition, found at the Tour webpage.
And, of course, share the information with your friends, family and colleagues. The more we raise awareness around this issue, the more we raise our consciousness as a just and moral society.