relief-kit-contentsDid you know that $200,000 will buy enough toiletries and other basic necessities to fill 10,000 shoeboxes? You can buy 4,000 sets of school clothes for 200 grand, or roughly 2,500 room nights at an inexpensive motel. For the people who were washed out of their homes by the recent flooding, (the Red Cross estimates over 2,000) toiletries and school clothes and a place to sleep are a Godsend.

The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are doing their part, but contributions are down. Just think what the Salvation Army or the Red Cross or local churches could do with $200,000. How many hot meals could they serve to people with no home and no flood insurance?

I don’t have $200,000. However, Saxby Chambliss does.

us_saxby_chamblissHe has a Political Action Committee that collects money from corporations and rich people and then distributes it to candidates. A lot of Senators and Representatives — Democrat and Republican — have these things. They’re all legal. And keep in mind, there is no limit to what the PAC can raise and no real restrictions on how the money can be spent.

Senator Chambliss raised approximately $400,000 for his PAC to give to candidates. The candidates got about $200,000. The other $200,000 was used for golf outings at places like The Greenbriar and for junkets to snazzy resorts. When he was asked by a network reporter about the spending practices of the PAC, Senator Chambliss just smiled and hurried through the door of an expensive steakhouse in Washington.

Maybe I’m naïve, but it is incomprehensible to me that Saxby Chambliss would be springing for golf outings while his constituents have lost everything and need all the help they can get. I don’t know how he lives with himself.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is a professional mentalist and mind reader who presents his unique and unforgettable program to conventions, college and universities, sales meetings, private parties, business and civic clubs and more. He has also appeared at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta and produces, along with Jerry Farber and Joe M. Turner, Atlanta Magic Night at the Red Light Cafe in Midtown. He is a member of the Psychic Entertainers Association, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Georgia Magic Club,Buckhead Rotary Club and Friends of Jim The Wonder Dog. You can learn more at He is the author of three books: "Living The Dream," the story of the first ten years of FedEx; "Superman, Hairspray, and the Greatest Goat On Earth," a collection of mostly true stories;, and "Yes Ma'am, You're Right: The Essential Rules For Living With A Woman."  Mark's day job is as a freelance writer and communications and marketing consultant. Mark has traveled around the world twice but has never been to Burlington, Vermont. He does not eat beets or chicken livers, and he has never read "Gone With The Wind." He is the only person he knows who was once a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists. He is a fifth generation Atlantan,  the father of three, and the grandfather of five. All offspring are demonstrably perfect. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Rebecca (aka The Goddess) and two dogs: Ferguson, an arrogant Scottish terrier; and, Lola, a Siberian husky who is still trying to figure out what the hell she's doing in Cobb County.

  1. Hmm, sounds like you may be right about being naive (-;

  2. Mark Johnson

    To believe a politician would actually do the right thing would be naive. I assure you I’m not naive.

  3. I write our two senators frequently about my concerns, and always receive a very nice response — boiler-plated and assuring me that they are going to do the opposite of what I want, because their constituents want them to do the other thing. What I want to know is this: I’ve voted in every election since 1954… when can I start being a constituent?

    Btw, I live in the hometown of the esteemed (but not by me) Senator Chambliss. My occasional sightings of the good man indicates that he both eats and sleeps well; appears to have good medical coverage and a nice car.

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