Happy Election Day! I think regular Lazy Man and Money readers know I’m not one to side with any political party. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t write about politics in this space. I believe in voting for the person, not the political party. Most of the time I just hope I’m not in situation of voting for Kang or Kodos, but far too often it feels like I am. I guess I don’t have much of an affection politics either.
So I’ll put much of that aside and pass on this cool tool to see what your vote is worth online. The tool asks you a few questions and determines how much your vote is worth considering the billions that the candidates are spending online. My non-swing state vote in California is worth $21. As usual my wife has bested me… her vote is worth $38. I played with the tool a little and found that if you are undecided woman in swing-state Ohio who uses Facebook a lot, the vote could be worth as much as $48. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I can over look it for the sake of fun.
Wouldn’t it be a fun social experiment to see how many people would take the straight cash for their vote? As someone who went by Taco Bell for a free taco last week, I can attest that numerous people will go through great lengths for $1.29 (though Dorito tacos are particularly awesome).
I found another tool Politify that allows you to determine how much the candidate will impact your net worth by 2015. According to the tool, Romney winning will net me a cool $3,500 more than Obama. So you might think I’d be a Romney person. Well, due to Romney’s history of support of MLM/pyramid schemes, I have decided he isn’t the person I want to see as President. I estimate that these scams cost consumers around $20 billion dollars a year. (If there is reader interest, I could explain the calculation in more detail.) That’s the equivalent damage of a hurricane Sandy every two and half years (using the $50 billion damage estimates I’ve seen)… and few people seem to care.
With that, I give you reason #519,285 why Joss Whedon is awesome (and I’d find it funny even if it was directed at Obama):