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Cole12 August 17th, 2015 9:29pm

Think of a political opinion/cause/candidate that you find absolutely detestable. Your 16-year-old child has worked hard all summer to save up and wants to donate $500 to support this opinion/cause/candidate. Do you allow the donation?

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Sting716 Libertarian Golden Flash
08/18/15 1:54 pm

I'll ask them why give so much when they can use the money for other things, since $500 is a lot for a kid that young. But if he really wants to do it, que sera sera.

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
08/18/15 1:08 pm

I would be curious why... But ultimately it's their decision
I don't have kids... But this is how my parents treated and raised me

Korosensei Maine
08/18/15 11:52 am

Yes but I talk to them first about why I don't support the cause and make sure they understand why I think they shouldn't donate it to that cause

wildcatfan1993 kentucky
08/18/15 10:50 am

I wouldnt let him or her do that to something i support

Penn555 Maine
08/18/15 8:52 am

I'd talk to them about their decision, but if they really had their heart set on it, I would allow it.

08/18/15 8:25 am

16 is not an adult, and I do not allow it. It is the child's hard earned money though, so I don't dictate how they use it, and if they were to somehow donate without me finding out, nothing I can do about it

DiLaughing Arkansas
08/18/15 5:53 am

Absolutely yes. My kids are all grown, & I learned long ago that pushing kids that hard begets pushback on their part. Better to build the foundation as solid as you can & let them try their hand at raising their own walls. Eventually they'll succeed

DiLaughing Arkansas
08/18/15 5:55 am

at building their house. It may not look the way I would have designed it, but it will be just fine, AND I'll be welcome there. The other cool thing that happens? I learn a few things from them.

Hooah Fmr. Zia
08/18/15 4:23 am

It's his money, do whatever you like Giuseppe.

steelcity Pittsburgh
08/18/15 4:22 am

We are going to have a lengthy discussion first.

AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
08/18/15 2:32 am

My 16 year old child works all summer to donate $500 dollars to Donald Trump.

If he wants to waste his money, be my guest. I will try to convince him otherwise but ultimately I kind of have to let him.

xRiverSongx Time Lord in the TARDIS
08/17/15 11:38 pm

No, that's a pretty stupid way to spend your money, even if it was something I supported.

croopertrooper Greater Cincinnati Area
08/17/15 10:06 pm

Absolutely. It's their money and they can spend it how they feel. I would discuss it with them to understand why they want to donate, but I wouldn't stop them unless it was for a criminal organization or something.

croopertrooper Greater Cincinnati Area
08/17/15 10:08 pm

My parents don't agree with my political views, just as my grandparents never agreed with my dads political views. I would never feel right by denying them the ability to follow their ideals.

AustinNevitt71 indiana
08/17/15 9:38 pm

Not if it were for chillary Clinton, and they damn sure wouldn't feel the bern Lol but probably not to any candidate to be honest

knetzere Illinois
08/17/15 9:24 pm

I wouldn't let them to the guy I like. They've got better stuff to spend it on

Reeze The TARDIS
08/17/15 8:42 pm

No, I'd make them save it and use it for other things. College, games, etc... I'm sure they'll want something soon enough, and they should have the money to pay for it.

Tenderous High School Sophomore
08/17/15 8:37 pm

I'm 14 and last month I convinced my parents to let me donate $50 to Bernie :)

08/17/15 8:57 pm

Wasted money. Plus, why would anyone support that man? His economic policy would be disastrous.

Tenderous High School Sophomore
08/17/15 9:40 pm

Explain how it would be disastrous?

Vandy Georgia
08/17/15 10:49 pm

I'm terribly sorry to hear that. To what address would you like me to send the Economics textbook?

Tenderous High School Sophomore
08/18/15 1:46 am

Explain your criticism of his proposals please.

mynamehere69 South Carolina
08/18/15 5:51 am

They can't Tenderous, just argue that you're wrong. And then not respond. It's typical.

08/18/15 7:57 am

Mynamehero, I'm sorry that some of us have busy lives and SOH is not our highest concern. Tenderous, he advocates a 90% tax on the top .01%. France tried something similar, and all all the ultra millionaires left the country.

08/18/15 7:59 am

He advocates free college, which wojld essentially bring a college degree down to the level of a high school diploma. Not to mention that skilled tradesmen are what the economy really needs, not college graduates at this point in time.

08/18/15 8:00 am

He advocates for a 15 dollar minimum wage, which would absolutely wreck employment for people who work any jobs under 15 per hour, and it would also inflate the dollar by a fair margin.

mynamehere69 South Carolina
08/18/15 8:01 am

We also had a much higher tax rate back in the day on the 1%. And if I recall, it worked great.

08/18/15 8:02 am

Bernie wants hugely expanded social programs, which would require higher taxes on EVERYONE, not just the top percent.

08/18/15 8:03 am

My name hero, that tax rate had nothing to do with our success from the 50s to the 80s-ish. Our success then was due to the fact that we were the only capitalist country not in shambles after ww2, and we had a gold standard so countries would "buy"

08/18/15 8:04 am

...our dollars.

08/18/15 8:06 am

NOT TO MENTION that the tax you are speaking about was rarely ever paid, due to loopholes.

mynamehere69 South Carolina
08/18/15 8:07 am

First, its Mynamehere, here. Not hero. Secondly, care to back up those statements with any facts?

mynamehere69 South Carolina
08/18/15 8:09 am

Always seems to be an excuse or reason for something that doesn't agree with your opinions. Either way, I'm going to sleep. I will check back later.

08/18/15 8:09 am

Which ones would you like more information about?

Tenderous High School Sophomore
08/18/15 5:55 pm

Provide evidence of him specifically advocating for a 90% tax.

08/18/15 6:07 pm His statement is a little bit of a ways into the video, but I assure you, it's there.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/17/15 8:04 pm

That I detest the cause or candidate has no bearing on how strongly the kid feels in support of it. The kid wants to work that hard for it, good. I might not like the cause, but love that the kid does, and I support the enthusiasm.

joejoeiv Utah
08/17/15 7:49 pm

I would do all I could to talk them out of it, but it's their money.

jmahippo Texas
08/17/15 7:44 pm

Damn i guess Bernie sandwich gets 500 bucks 😠

jmahippo Texas
08/17/15 7:45 pm

uhhhhh Sanders not sandwich 🍔

BroadwayGurl Previously Potterhead4eva
08/17/15 8:13 pm

That darn Bernie Sandwich.

BroadwayGurl Previously Potterhead4eva
08/17/15 7:34 pm

Hell no. The KKK ain't getting anything from my daughter

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
08/17/15 7:28 pm

She earned it, she can do what she wants, luckily my daughter chose to buy school cloths...

Iamamerican California
08/17/15 7:21 pm

As long as we discussed it first so they understand who they are giving to. No terrorists or crazy groups though.

JLandry NH
08/17/15 7:19 pm

As a 17 year old, if that kid only makes 500 a summer he isn't working very hard

08/17/15 11:26 pm

It said that he managed to save up $500, not that he made $500 total.

Brandon2018 Stocks Are Overvalued
08/17/15 6:47 pm

Anything but a terrorist group, or planned parenthood hood. Then I would allow him/her to donate to who they want.

johnnycub Bronx
08/17/15 6:45 pm

Sure, as long as it's not a terrorist group (like others said), and as long as he or she knows why.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
08/17/15 5:51 pm

As long as it isn't a criminal organization like a terrorist group, I'd be ecstatic that he is donating to a cause.

osouless Whats Next
08/17/15 4:54 pm

They're not giving any money to those ISIS psychos.

ProfDG I Want Truth
08/17/15 4:36 pm

A fool and his money...

genuflect University of Minnesota
08/17/15 4:22 pm

My mind went to jihadi Salafists as a cause in the political arena that I detest, and no I would not allow my kid to send $500 to the coffers of any caliphate.

HayleyS looking up.
08/17/15 3:45 pm

I guess ultimately I'd allow it, but only after a discussion about it. Even if it was for a cause I supported, I'd still think it was a bad idea. I'd want him to understand why.
When a child is 16, parents definitely still play the role of a guider.

HayleyS looking up.
08/17/15 3:47 pm

So I would guide him away from that direction, but the final decision would ultimately be his. And no punishment would occur if he chose differently from my guidance.

All of this is assuming the teenager did this with the purest intentions.

Brandon2018 Stocks Are Overvalued
08/17/15 6:49 pm

That is a very good parent. You would make for a great father.

HayleyS looking up.
08/18/15 11:06 am

However, I do believe I'll probably be a mother one day-- not a father 😜💁🏼

swervin Maryland
08/17/15 3:27 pm

It's their money, if they earned it, I have NO RIGHT to say where it goes.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
08/17/15 3:17 pm

A 16 can't form an independent opinion. So the money would be wasted

08/17/15 8:58 pm

At the age of 16 I was running a business. It pisses me off on an uncomprehensible level when people tell me teenagers can't make smart, educated decisions.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
08/18/15 1:07 am

They can, just not independently.

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/17/15 2:53 pm

I'd try to talk him/her out of it, but the final decision would be theirs.

LadyBug237 Florida
08/18/15 11:48 am

This is what I was thinking ^

Maj Worth Economist
08/17/15 2:52 pm

There'll be a discussion before my child donates an amount like that with college right around the corner. $5? $10? That's one thing. But $500? That's an entirely different issue. Given political fund-raising, that's like sending a televangelist $$.

Cole12 ...
08/17/15 2:55 pm

The second after I posted this poll, I realized the $500 figure would sway some people. I wanted to pick a number that was substantial, but not too substantial. If I did $5 or $10, most people would say yes because those amounts are...

Cole12 ...
08/17/15 2:56 pm

inconsequential. But $500 is probably too big. I should have gone with $100 or something like that.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
08/17/15 2:50 pm

Well I'd first be wondering how I managed to have a kid when I was one year old, but in all seriousness, yes, it's their life and their choice.

baylor98 Missouri
08/17/15 2:40 pm

Isn't it illegal for someone under the age of 18 to make political contributions?

bethanyq Ess Eff
08/17/15 2:33 pm

Of course I do. I might try to talk them out of it, but one of the chief values I hope to someday instill in any kids I have is the importance of doing your own thinking, even if it conflicts with what you've been taught.

bethanyq Ess Eff
08/17/15 2:33 pm

So how could I teach them the importance of thinking for themselves if I prevented them from exercising that very independence?

spicysteve M14D SBS
08/17/15 2:31 pm

Yes I do. They're old enough to make that kind of decision with the money they've earned.