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What we need…

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So we don’t trust Washington or the people who are elected to go there.

Why don’t we trust them to vote for things that help us or our country?

We think they are working for someone else, not us, right?

Why is that?

We pay Senators and Representatives $174,000 per year plus perks. Subtract living expenses in Washington and at home and what have you got? Not much but more than most of us.

Now, what does it take to get re-elected?

According to the Center for Public Integrity, in 2004, it took an average of $7 million to win a seat in the Senate and $1 million to win a seat in the House. The center’s board can be seen here:

So, if you have what is left over from $174,000 to live in two places at the same time and look respectable, for a re-election campaign that takes 13 times your salary for a House member or 40 times your salary for a member of the Senate, where do you get the money to get re-elected?

Obviously we, the people, are not helping out.

Let’s try corporate America. They, now, after Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, are able to spend an unlimited amount of money to sway any election they want.

If you watch candidates reports on how much they received, you’ll probably see a major dip since the last election. That’s because they no longer have to raise their own funds or report them. New, unlimited, anonymous, campaign corporations will spend most of the money and you will see the results on TV and in “grass roots” demonstrations sponsored by – well – who knows?

What is the remedy?

It is simple and has been around for a long time.

Public election financing.

Give each candidate for the House of Representatives $1 million to spend as he wants. Give each candidate for Senate $5 million. From the U.S. Treasury.

Ban all other contributions except for you going out with your home-made sign.

So we waste a couple million on idiots running for office. At least the ones who are elected will be working for us.


Written by Charles Keefer

October 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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  1. don’t forget that these guys/women have generally held office previous to the ones they are currently running for (usually a 4 year stent) and are collecting a “pension” for that or rather each one the actually held office for, how many of us get benefit/pensions for 4 years of work, not many, most of these people are “triple dippers” plus, sorry no money from me and very little support, by the way who did you vote for??


    October 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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