Friday, June 10, 2005

Bono--An Economist/Statesman in the Making?


Irish rocker, Bono Posted by Hello

Bono's at it again. Lobbying, that is. For the world's poor. In Congress.

Yes, Irish singer Bono walks the walk on behalf of the poorest of the poor around the globe, especially those living a subsistence existence in Africa. And he's winning accolades for that effort.

Said former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas: "I don't assume that a rock star is going to be lucid on the esoterics of economics." He gave Bono an "A-plus" for being well-informed and intensely devoted to the issues.

"I told him he's my favorite pest. He keeps coming back," said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "It's not unusual for members of Congress to be lobbied by stars and starlets. Usually it's a one-time stand. He's different. He clearly cares. He's clearly committed."

"He's transcended music," said former Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, who met Bono through Arnold Schwarzenegger and later introduced the musician to Helms and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. "He's gone from a rock band to a rock band with a purpose."

Said Santorum: "He knows the importance of 302b allocations," the arcane congressional terminology that refers to amount of money the appropriations committee doles out to each department and agency.


Bono is one smart cookie. He knows how to be taken seriously, even going so far as to study under Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics at Columbia University. No one man show is Bono, either. DATA (Debt, Aids, Trade Africa) is the name of the nonprofit organization Bono founded in 2002. Record sales are not the only measure of a rock star. Not when his name is Bono.

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17 Comments:

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Y Nicholson said...

It is good to know that some people like him still care about poor people and try to do everything they can to help.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Anitasha said...

I think he is perfect. By helping out, he is showing that he not only cares about entretainment, but that he also cares about the people. I say "props for BONO!"

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

Bono is a definitely a diamond in the ruff. I grew up listening to the early music of U2. Guided by my older brother, I came to learn the true meaning behind the music and lyrics. I learned early on that Bono was more than a handsome face and seductive voice; he is truly an inspiration and devoted political activist and humanitarian. He definitely puts his money where his mouth is. We can all learn from him, and so can many wealthy others.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

I have always admired Bono and U2 for using their voices for the greater good of humanity. I believe that everyone with a massive audience such as U2's should use their voice to educate, expose, and enlighten--to transcend simply entertaining the masses.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger giovanna madrigal said...

It is always good to see a wide range of famous people doing things for those less fortunate. U2 has always been an outgoing band for there political lirics. It is good to see that aside from just music, Bono is being the voice of people less fortunate.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Carasha said...

Ive never seen a man with such determination to make a difference. And that is very respectable. He is a great contribution to the world, and someone should take notice to him.

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Leska said...

Its good to know that celebrities like him can actually make a difference! He doesnt only care about himself! He cares about the government and what is going on in our country and that is important

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Lena Nevel said...

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At 10:53 AM, Blogger Lena Nevel said...

The thing that everyone needs to learn from Bono is that you don't have to be rich like him to help out. We can all spear $5 to the guy who is walking past our $40,000 car on the highway while holding a sign.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Tony and Lindsay said...

I think that it is crucial for people with high status to get involved in these types of issues. Furthermore, when they are truly dedicated to a cause, it can bring about chance. Average Joes are much more likely to back a "star" and get involved than to just get involved out of the blue. Also, it just gives more light to the situation at hand because the stars are the people who get into the news on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and who can bring about awareness at a much quicker rate. If only more stars would join in on the effort and encourage average citizens to do the same.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I wish more famous people would get involved in what is going on in this world. My hats of to Bono for caring enough. Just because that is the way it has been done in the past does not mean it is right. This will be a two way street the countries will obtain more capital and thus become our future trading partners. It may take some time and we have to moniter their economies to watch out for corruption by their governments.

 
At 8:45 PM, Blogger biomechanique said...

Bring back Bob Geldof!

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Victoria R. said...

I think BONO is doing a great job to help the poor. More people of his status should not be greedy and step up. We all should be giving to the poor. A couple a dollars can go a long way.

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger Ronald M. Ayers said...

I think we mention Bono in our other books. In the chapter on economic development, which isn't in the Econ 2003 book. He's been doing this sort of work for a long time now. Good guy!

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Kelly Thomas said...

Some non-U2 listeners think they have sold out. The only thing Bono sells out is his performances- every time!! It's great when people do something with their fame besides try to make more for themselves.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Joaquin A said...

i have to give some celebs credit for using their power to help the less fortunate.

 
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