To Get Really Serious
the Electoral Process, Part Two: Fundraising
As we all know it costs a lot of money to
get elected to office these days, mainly due to high cost
But, as you may remember from
One of my plan
sanity back to the American electoral process, the first
thing we need to do is eliminate all political advertising.
Go read it here. I'll wait.
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Once advertising is unnecessary this largely means that
candidates no longer need to whore for money from anyone and
everyone... the most unwholesome of the "everyone's" being
corporations, which expect serious quid return for their
pro quo investment.
We need, in fact, to forbid candidates or elected officials
from taking any money from any person for their campaign
needs. We, the public as a whole, can provide modest amounts
for candidates to use for sundry costs. In fact, we do it
now. All we're doing is removing influence form the process.
Candidates with their own fortunes ready at hand would have
a small advantage under this scheme as there are some acts
of "generousity" that can't be legislated... like
buying a good left-handed
power-hitter for the local ball club, but all such spending
should be on the public record.
So no advertising and no monetary funding to use to sway
the public's opinion. What does this leave? It leaves you,
the patriotic American, free to educate yourself about the candidates and
compare notes with your friends and neighbors. It makes you part of the process
again instead of just another mind to fill with fair-and-balanced
The biggest advantage
to this idea is that it minimizes the effects of political
parties. And wouldn't THAT just be
a damn shame if we picked the best guy for the job without
his political machine, too?