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Will you make a pledge to give away all the income you make over the national median in your country/state/or province?

I am not saying this is the right thing to do, so please no hate mail. But if anyone would like to make a pledge to give away all their salary above the national median in their country/state/ or province, feel free to do so here. You can give away the money to a worthy charity or a neighbor, it does not matter. This was inspired by the President of Uruguay, known jokingly as the poorest president in the world (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20334136). He does this. I was hoping atleast ten people could pledge to do this, and we could stay in touch over the next couple years, sharing how it has changed our life. In years we make less than the national median, we can pledge to give 10 percent. Thanks for reading.

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  • Dec 18 2012: "Will you make a pledge to give away all the income you make over the national median in your country/state/or province?"

    If I know it will end up in the right places and other people were doing their part too, especially the rich (I'm not gonna be their sucker), then yes, I think I would, but then again that's easy to say now since I make less than the national median, maybe I'll become more selfish once I start making more money.
    • Dec 19 2012: Maybe you can commit to 5%? Thank you for your reply! If you are worried about accountability, and are thinking about giving to international charities as opposed to your neighborhood, charities that supply mosquito nets to prevent malaria usually have the highest amount of money going directly to the cause. I think most of my donated money for the first year will probably go to a UK based charity called WaterAid, but I have not decided yet. Thanks!
      • Dec 19 2012: I already donate, though it's more like 1-2% of my income, but as I said, I make less than the national median (a lot less for the time being). I will donate for as long as I live because I don't expect the world to have solved its major problems during my lifetime. What I'm worried about though is that the poverty problem is more and more becoming a distribution problem: somewhere along the line something is fundamentally wrong when the lower middle class is donating so the poor can have medicines while the rich are reaping huge profits off those medicines and paying the poor too little to be able to afford those medicines, that makes ordinary people, people like me, feel like suckers when they donate.
        • Dec 19 2012: I don't no what to say to the other part, but thanks for donating!

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