Jane at Armies of Liberation
says that next election let's just have a national block party rather than giving candidates the money to spend on the constant bickering.
I'll have to agree. While I believe in the free market this over-spending on elections is ridiculous.
What should be done? I don't know. All I do know is the commercials are out of control - as usual. If I have to see one more Hollywood "star" pushing prop 71 here in California I think I'm gonna croak. The sickest thing is they even ran ads with Christopher Reeve in them, just days after he died, advocating prop 71.
Jeezzz! Wonder where it all went? Do ya 'spose the media got any of it? I'd be willing to betcha that the electronic media alone got close to two thirds of that! Maybe more!
Looks like a huge Gazillion Dollar Conflict of Interest to me . . . How is it that we have had a "Horse Race" as the media chooses to call it in the last 5 elections? Only if somebody chooses to create one. This one shouldn't have even been close. But then the media wouldn't make all that money, would it?
We need to do something about the Election Laws . . Maybe make a rule that if you like a sound bite that a candidate made . . You gotta show the whole speech! In real time!
Betcha the advertisers ain't gonna like that!
Or how about . . you can give as much as you want to your favorite candidate, but you have to give an equal amount to the IRS! And no deduction!
Posted by: large on October 28, 2004 11:17 AM
Next election cycle, which should begin here in about 3 months or so, remind me to buy up some of those advertising stocks ahead of time. The spending just gets greater and greater. Next time it'll probably be like 8 billion or something -- larger than some small countries GDP for 10 years.
Posted by: Digger on October 28, 2004 03:49 PM