That said, this is a presidential election year (as if you haven't noticed). Our president is running unopposed for re-election. There is a circus on the other side although the candidates are slowly being winnowed down to those who have the most money to spend and the loudest bully pulpit. It is likely this will be the most expensive presidential election ever and money is pouring into the coffers of the major candidates. I know it's been announced that President Obama intends to spend 1 BILLION dollars on his campaign. It's unlikely that the other side will spend much less.
I have never pledged or donated money to a political campaign. The few candidates I have truly believed in I donated my time. If I had money to donate, it might be 5 or 10 dollars, if I felt really flush, it might be $50. But this year, I won't give a dime for sure. Many will pass over their hard earned money and more power to them (I know a woman who will be donating at least $10k to Obama's re-election campaign).
Considering the state of our economy. 2 billion dollars spent on political campaigns is despicable (haven't we recently heard that word in the media?). I realize television and other advertising, street signs, transportation and organization all costs money. But billions is an obscene amount of money. How many of us will tune out those ads or change the channel? By the time the election gets down to the nitty gritty, it's going to be just plain dirty. We all know those billions will be spent mostly to attack the opposite candidate. Couldn't that money be better spent elsewhere? How can any candidate relate to the "typical" citizen when they are campaigning for a job that pays only a fraction of that yet are willing to put billions of dollars on the line to get that job? What favors have to be repaid to the "biggies" in retribution for the big checks written?
|1 Billion Dollars illustrated here on 12 pallets of $100 bills (ten MILLION of them)|