The mid-term elections are upon us, and one of the glaring take-away messages from any political election is the amount of money spent on passing or defeating propositions and candidates. It’s been estimated that approximately $6-BILLION was spent on the last presidential election alone. That kind of money could have gone a long way to reducing the national debt or ending world hunger or cleaning up the environment, etc. In addition, there’s no proof that the more you spend, the better your chances of success.
Over the past 20+ years I’ve often thought that politicians and lobbyists would do anything, including spending vast sums of money, to accomplish their goals. I doubt they even thought about the consequences of spending this kind of money. Then the elected officials are obligated to vote according to the desires of the contributor.
would still favor such-and-such donor over a non
quite easy to bury or hide completely an individual
name deep within an organization like PACs (political
action committees). I love that Ralph Nader suggested
members of Congress be required to wear corporate
logos of their sponsors, like race car drivers!
advertising without the approval of the candidate.
There’s currently no law that could get around this.
candidate is an author, for instance, you can buy lots
of his/her book and the revenue goes to the candidate.
You can later use the books as kindling.
As a whole, we Americans are a pretty creative group. I hope that, in the future, we value a solution enough to put time, money and energy into a way to do things better … better for us all.
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