Much as I like to see the attention Clinton is getting from this — all bad — it really makes me question whether private money should be allowed in politics at all.
I can’t see politicians accepting money from individuals or groups and not feeling beholden to them. I don’t want my politicians beholden to anyone but me. How much of government spending is payback for campaign contributions ? Eliminating campaign contributions might be key to cutting government spending.
I think I’d rather the federal government set aside a billion dollars each year for political campaigns and make it illegal to accept private money. To qualify to run, you would just need to announce your candidacy and get signatures from some percentage of the registered voters. Getting those signatures would be the only phase where private money was allowed.
What an excellent idea. More of our tax dollars wasted. More government involvement in elections. Sheesh!
Sorry Kellis, I disagree strongly.
When you say “the federal government set aside” I see “my tax money given to people I may not agree with”.
Is the current system faulty? Absolutely! The fact that the Clintons have grifted their way from in his case, a backwater, second rate horse racing town and, in her case, a hard line socialist college education to the most prominent positions in the free world, lead me to think that if “the federal government” controlled the dispersion of those funds , those funds would be given only to those “the federal government” deemed “worthy” of those monies.
I don’t trust them to spend MY money. It is my right, as an extension of the first amendment to support who I choose. That is why the McCain-Feingold reforms should have been vetoed.
Sorry for the wordy sentence in the previous paragraph.
Post # 8: Great idea.