Too Much Going On, And So Much Left Wrong

"Too Much Going On, And So Much Left Wrong "
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

We are about to begin the Presidential primary season in less than a week. Soon results will start to indicate who will be projected viable candidates for the nomination of political parties. Meanwhile, a lot of money is going to be spent on campaign essentials, travel and media time purchased in major demographic markets. According to a recent article:
"The 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, according to top fundraisers and bundlers who are already predicting it will more than double the 2012 campaign's price tag. Behind-the-scenes jockeying to raise big bucks from bundlers connected to super-PACs and third-party groups is well underway, even with no top-tier candidates officially in the race. One candidate has reported that they may spend two billion dollars. " The $5 billion presidential campaign? |
The idea of a five billion dollar price tag for the current election cycle is offensive and obscene. How can the United States and we as Americans allow this to happen? This isn't a morally defensible action given the reality that we experience in our country. Just consider what five billion dollars would do to help homelessness, income inequality, improving medical care, improving the environment, eradicating poverty and hunger for our people? Why do we allow ourselves to be gulled into this mentality that we can squander this money for political spectacle like racking up huge debts at a casino?
By contrast, the 2015 Canadian National election cost their taxpayers 376 million dollars. Cost of federal election will soar to $376 million in 2015 › News › Politics +PS. Another factor is the election season in Canada is only eleven weeks compared to being over a year here in the United States. Clearly, it's cheaper to have a Presidential election in Canada and also less time consuming.
What this also references is the threat that any person of limited financial resources will automatically be eliminated from running for public office. The average cost for an election campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives is 1.6 million dollars, for a Senate seat it is 10 million dollars. Cost of U.S. Senate Seat: $10.5 million - NY Daily
The high cost of running for political office in this country precludes that only the very wealthy or the very politically powerful will have the opportunity to serve in public office. This does not argue for a very diverse culturally competent political decision-making body.
The five billion dollar cost for the 2016 Presidential election is fallout from the egregious Citizen's United Decision of 2010 by the John Roberts- led Supreme Court. Another impediment is the limitless amount of money that Super PACS can spend on elections .So far in the 2011-2012 election cycle, super PACs have spent $378 million, The 'Citizens United' decision and why it matters | Center for We can only assume that the Super PACS will spend much more money this year.
For the hope of democracy to be fully realized again in our country, we need the Congress to nullify Citizens United and to have stringent financial limits imposed upon Super PACS. Only one presidential candidate has called for this type of reform. If we don't, then we will continue to have our government up for sale to the highest bidder.
We can do better.
May it be so.

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