GoFundMe works miracles during COVID-19, while government funding under the CARES Act fails to meet its goals, states a must read assessment from the Foundation for Economic Education.
The report noted that while the federal government has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars to fight off widespread poverty and unemployment created by COVID=19 and the relentless government lockdowns through $2+ trillion CARES Act, it failed on a variety of crucial levels to actually do what it set out to accomplish. So much of the government CARES Act funding was brought with waste, fraud and abuse.
On the other hand, the GoFundMe private charity site actually did accomplish miracles and put money directly where it was needed most: in the hands of those who were on the verge of losing their businesses or homes.
The crowd-sourcing website let individuals post their public pleas and raised generous donations for those in need “beyond their wildest expectations,” according to the Foundation for Economic Education.
According to the GoFundMe report: “Between March 1 and August 31, 2020, the GoFundMe community responded to the widespread impact of the pandemic by raising over $625 million through over 9 million donations for frontline workers, small businesses, causes, organizations, and more.”
More than 150,000 different fundraisers were started for COVID-19 relief, with causes as varied as fundraising for small businesses ruined by lockdowns, medical fundraising, protective gear for frontline workers, memorial services, and more.
On the other hand, the CARES Act situation failed on numerous levels. “It resulted in a broken system where 70 percent of the unemployed could earn more by staying home than by working,” as reported. The program lost roughly $26 billion to fraud and abuse. That is equal to the amount the entire unemployment system paid out in 2019, according to the report.
For the full report go to FEE here.
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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.
Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.
“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”
Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”
The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”
The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”
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