Philip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust
Sept. 24, 2018
...And we suckers walk!
Anyone who even occasionally checks current events knows how much money is spent on presidential elections. Each new cycle breaks the previous record, and on and on.
Well, the "buck" (no pun intended) doesn't stop there.
The total cost of running for A) President, B) Senator, and C) House Representative, in the 2016 cycle reached $6.5 Billion! How many roads and bridges could have been fixed and renovated for that money?
Let's look at the Congressional winners in previous election cycles: In 2008 the winners of House seats spent on average $1.1 million. The winners of Senate seats spent on average $6.5 million. Moving on to the 2012 cycle and the numbers jumped to $1.6 million and $10.4 million respectively. This was candidates running as either Republican or Democrat... not Third Party. Do you think a Third Party candidate would ever have a chance? I still have that bridge in Brooklyn for sale if you think so.
Things are so regressed that all the news talk shows always analyze election races, mostly close ones in the polls, based on how much money each candidate has raised... hardly ever based on issues. Of course, on the always forgotten issues of military spending and foreign policy, the Two Party/One Party duopoly agree more than not.
When libertarian or true progressive candidates are the only folks speaking of that horror... no one can hear them! Why? They are hardly on the boob tube, in-person or through campaign ads. No money!
Boy, the Fat Cats who run this empire have it down to a science: Keep the duopoly powerful and never give the suckers an even break, as in the 2008 election regarding health care. Obama sounded sincere about wanting Medicare for All and a "Public Option," giving we suckers under 65 a chance to have what senior citizens have (by paying-in of course, but less than a private policy).
Those of us who looked beyond the hype and spin knew that Obama's opponent McCain received around $7+ million in campaign contributions from the healthcare industries, while Mr. Hope and Change got.... over $21 million! And what we suckers got was ObamaCare, which was another way of saying that the private insurance industry got tens of millions of new customers, with high deductibles and co-pays.
Bottom line: The only hope for this Republic to become what they say we already are, but are not -- a democracy -- is to have Total public funding of ALL elections. I don't care if it is for dogcatcher. NO private money in elections! Period!
Oh, they say we cannot do that due to the 1976 Supreme Court ruling in Buckley vs. Valeo. The court ruled against laws that restricted private money in elections, citing that "Money is free speech."
Really? Maybe they should have stated it as it is: The super-rich have lots of free speech. As former Senator Bill Bradley once said: "We have many amendments to the Constitution, why not one more?"
Folks, sit back and watch another election cycle go by and see how big money runs the show. If working stiffs out there, regardless of labeling themselves as conservative or progressive, stop supporting this decayed electoral system...