A prevailing theory has emerged regarding the 2012 election that merits some examination. The theory runs along the lines of, Republicans lost in 2012 despite spending more, therefore election spending isn’t the biggest issue for voters to consider. Therefore the record-setting $6 billion spent last cycle really isn’t an alarming figure.
Yet, this theory misses the core issue. The major lesson voters should have taken away from the last election was to realize how immobile the political process has become. No one group or individual can “buy” an election.
The ‘big’ interests spending hand over fist to win a Democratic or Republican majority in Congress, or put Romney or Obama back in the White House have benefited and will continue to benefit from the status quo, which has become an especially profitable state of affairs for them.
What has changed after the 2012 election? Pretty much nothing. Republicans kept a majority in the House, Democrats held the Senate and Obama remained in office. Likewise, since November, nothing substantive has happened in Washington. No prosecution of Wall Street bankers suspected of fraud, no improved oversight of the healthcare industry, no significant reduction in military spending.
Both institutions of power have managed to create a well-oiled, highly efficient, and logically consistent ‘do-nothing machine.’ Allowing legislation to decompose, the political culture remains in stasis; frozen in place by excessive filibustering and disingenuous debate.
What really lies at the heart of who’s ‘buying’ elections is evidenced by how lawmakers spend the majority of their time. The average amount of time an incumbent spends fundraising while in office has only increased as partisanship has worsened. Four hours a day, is what Democrats were advised by party leadership to dedicate to lining their campaign coffers. Nearly half the work day is dedicated to raising money for the next election as opposed to voting/debating legislation and meeting with constituents.
Money will always have a voice in politics, however the focus should remain on which voices are listened to the most.
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Some things that should be a part:
-Ban/limit/control contributions, especially from entities that are not individuals.
-All ballots non partisan.
-Elections at large.
-No public party primaries (I'd go so far as to say no primaries, period).
Make it where no one who cannot directly vote for a candidate can donate to that candidate's campaign. And any advocacy group's ad campaign cannot mention any candidate directly or indirectly, nor can an advocacy group carry any political party's name in part or in whole.
Open your eyes. It has always been about the admin, not about the people.. at least for the last several decades.
The money will not go away until we reverse the rulings in Citizens United and Buckley v Valeo.
Money does not equal free speech.
get rid of our "supposed" representatives, and transform the government into a direct democracy, where the citizens shall represent themselves. funnel all the money into non-profit groups. separate religion from government. tell these banksters and corporate big wigs that if they wanna be involved in government and public policy, have them send their leaders to congress instead of buying people off.
Money is not speech....everyone gets 1 vote...that's it. Public funding of viable candidates with no outside spending is the only way to level the playing field. Not to mention managing a limited amount of money would demonstrate fiscal responsibility rather than smoozing skill.
All special interest money must clear a non-partisan review board! Term limits for all politicians. All legislation passed by congress and signed by congress must apply to all citizens including congress once signed by the President!! A politician can apply for a permanent job supporting our country once they pass a legal review on their knowledge of our constitution and Bill of Rights! Their salary will never exceed 1% above the average median salary of highest paid middle class earner!! I have lots of ideas to reign in politicians!! Bottom line they need to serve the Legal Citizens of the USA!!!!
Who bought the 2012 election? is a good question. A top question is WHO COUNTED VOTES in all 50 states? NO ONE counted all the votes cast in all 50 States!!!! All 50 states need new laws
to allow "True Count" of every vote on every ballot at every election. Thanks, Frank Henry,
I am not against money in politics as long as I know where the money comes from. This is one of the major difference in recent years.
Well what do we expect? Our elections aren't really open. And with two parties, the pendulum just swings back and forth. They aren't going to take any serious action that could disrupt their success. They can spend all they want and do nothing when they get in. If they get voted back out, they just have wait and disrupt until they are voted back in. John Adams once stated that political parties would be the downfall of our republic. Maybe he was right... especially when there is no real choice to be had.
The lesson the voters should realize by now is, that if you vote for a Presidential Candidate because you believe he/she would do what he/she promised, you must give that person the means to achieve the promises. Once you decide who you want for President, you must give him/her a Senate and a Congress of the same party, to get the job done. If you don't, Big Money Wins because everything will remain Status Quo. By now it has to be obvious that the Republican Motto since Obama was elected the first time is, " JUST SAY NO". This is why the President has had to give in a little to get a little. That's the way the game is played in Washington.The opposition party will not do what's good for the Country, they are too busy trying to make the Administration look bad. "WE THE PEOPLE" must let these Corrupted Politicians know that money can't buy our vote. That on election day, We Will Get Out and Vote for what we feel is good for "Our" Country!
Take away their power to vote on things that give them their allure to be bought. No matter what we put in place to stop them from taking money, they will get around it. But take away their importance and there will be no reason to give them money.