We must be the most gullible people on earth. Our hearts are definitely in the right place, but it seems many of us check our brains at the door. Watch this funny Penn and Teller piece on how environmentalists, good people that they are, can so easily be duped:
This could just as easily have been a group of casinos in one state (God-Fearing Christians Against Evil Gambling) working to kill the chances of any new casinos opening just across the state line, stealing their customers. "Sure I'll sign your petition Brother Bugsy, and here's a few of my hard earned dollars for your wonderful cause, too."
In my state we have a non-profit called something like "Supporting Our State Troopers" which leads people to think if they give a few $$$ and put the trooper's membership sticker on their car they will be given a "pass" if they're caught speeding.
Truth is, almost none of the money goes to any state trooper groups, and you will NOT be given a pass if caught speeding. Their motto might as well be "Thanks suckers!"
The old saying "A fool and his money are soon parted" is as valid today as it ever was. Do be compassionate and selfless, but be smart, too.