March 6 2008

The Cost To Become President

Political MoneyAs long time readers of this blog will attest to, I try to avoid politics. I am not a political blog, and venturing into that blog space could be a dangerous thing for a neophyte. One subject has popped up that effects everyone involved in the race for President is money.

Whatever happened to the idea that any one could become President? When have you ever heard of someone who didn’t have huge backing to begin with, or had amassed their own fortune, of making a serious run for the White House? It takes an obscene amount of money to become President, and you have to wonder why anyone would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job that only pays $500,000 a year?

You don’t think all that money doesn’t come with favors attached to it? Yes, candidates do raise money from common people also, but the big donors who help them out all expect something in return. It happens with both parties, neither is clean, and it has become the nature of the beast. Course, like anything, that doesn’t make it right.

At the heart of it all is the mere fact it now takes ludicrous amounts of money to run a campaign. In data collected through January, Clinton and Obama have both raised over $100 million in funds, and McCain is back at $53 million. This isn’t to mention the people who already dropped out, like Mitt Romney, who had raised $105 million by the time he dropped out.

The point?  No matter how much people say it’s about issues, it isn’t.  It’s about who can use their campaign funds to woo the most voters in what really does amount to a popularity contest, with the winner being in favor-debt to fat cats.  It’s been this way for years, for both parties, so I don’t feel I am showing favoritism to either party, I have an instant distrust of ANYONE who runs for President… I’m very, very equal in my distrust.

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