Poll Shows Voters Don’t Know GDP Grew With Tax Cuts

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks and has overseen an economy that has grown for the past five quarters.

Most voters don’t believe it.

A Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 24-26 finds that by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won’t be recovered.

Behold the power of marketing. Sigh.

ChangeFusion: Nepal's Y Combinator for Social Good. Meet entrepreneur Ranjit Kanswar

Ranji decided to get his friends involved in coming up with a solution, which was to provide the pullers with their own rickshaws (with colors indicating they own it) and a first aid box. His venture will allow these puller to pay a minimal daily amount of about NRS. 20-25 (instead of the current NRS. 60-70) to his cooperatives with a flexible payback plan ranging from 1.5 years to 2.5 years.  After they pay off the whole amoutnt, the pullers will own their own rickshaws, which will break the vicious cycles of being exploitated by rickshaw owners and invest the profit in improving the livelihood of their families.

A Rickshaw cooperative

Discovered by Christina on her breadpig journey through Nepal, I've got a good feeling you'll be hearing a lot more about ChangeFusion & breadpig...

The D.I.Y. Foreign-Aid Revolution

Interesting stuff here. But we at breadpig are definitely aiming our sights on something only loosely related to this trend. There's something to be said for embracing scrappier, smaller projects that come with a certain expectation of possible failure as a learning exercise.

As far as we're concerned, the more web startup culture we can inject into development work, the better.