Friday, October 26, 2012

A Brief Political Rant

Campaign Finance Reform. Candidates should be allowed to raise X amount of dollars, and that is it. This morning I heard that our two presidential candidates have raised well over 100 million dollars each.

I have children at my school who only eat when they are under our roof.
I have children at my school who don't own a book.
I have children at my school who have never owned a new item of clothing or a new pair of shoes.

This financial fuckery is out of control. And it pisses me off. Excuse my language.

I wish I knew how to create the change needed.

16 comments:

  1. Amen! Lately there are few things about the gov't that don't piss me off. I just wish I knew how to fix it!

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    1. Everything doesn't piss me off - I'm still very pro-America - but this big money when we could be taking care of each other. Insanity.

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  2. Jaye, I've been thinking the same thing. What if all that campaign money was spent on housing or health care or food for those who need it? If there was a candidate who directed all of his/her campaign donations to programs that solved our problems instead of blaming the other candidate for them, I'd vote for him/her.

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    1. One of my family members is registered unaffiliated, so we get tons of crap in the mailbox. This one local candidate sends out huge glossy postcards almost daily. The last one had a big bold headline about Stopping Wasteful Spending. Um pot...meet the kettle.

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  3. The amount of campaign spending is crazy. The time spent (2 years?) on campaigning is crazy. What if each candidate could campaign only for 6 months before the election, had a spending cap on their budget, and had to sit with a lie machine attached when answering questions?

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  4. Well said, my friend. A huge majority of the kids who came to my nature center in Colorado didn't own waterproof shoes or proper coats with functional zippers. Many didn't even have hats or gloves. It's a real shame to see such an imbalance.

    (P.S.- Woot, woot for your healthy writer milestones!)

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  5. I'm with you. I haven't given any money to political candidates this year and now I feel even better about that decision. Let's donate to food banks and charities instead! Love this post.

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    1. Great idea - though that's usually what I do anyway :0) - I don't think I've ever donated to a political campaign. Though I always vote.

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  6. Yeah, it seems silly that so much money is spent on stuff like this when there is so much need out there. It is a shame. I'd rather help out someone in need anyhow.

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  7. I hate that they feel they have to send us so much mail and make so many calls. I don't answer the phone, but I do recycle the mail every day. I don't watch TV, so mercifully I don't see the commercials.

    I kinda get why they assemble the big bucks, though. Not saying I like it. I don't. So many people vote on the basis of "I like her," or "I don't like him," or "He's cute," or "I've heard of A, but I never heard of B." They tend to avoid the one with less name recognition, so I can see why candidates feel the need to not be outspent, so it just escalates so much. The name recognition point doesn't (shouldn't?) apply to an incumbent president, tho.

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  8. Once again, a key reminder of just how much money thjere is in the world but how badly it's distributed. Furthermore, all the money raised for political candidates will hardly make most peroples lives any better.

    Child welfare is a lottery. To be born to good parents is nothing but chance. To be born to parents that love you and want the best is also pure chance. When the parents fail then society and the State must step in, but often causes more problems. No one will provide for a child better than its parents, but when that doesn't hsppen there is no easy fix.

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  9. I had to re-visit, as I thought about your comments on children in your school. This is what was a struggle for me when I was teaching. $$$ spent on new chairs for the District Office, but $ for students' reading books? Grrrr.

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  10. I agree! How can they go on about how they are going to fix the national debt when they themselves are wasting so much money on campaigning! It's despicable. Especially when there are kids out there who don't know where their next meal will come from. Where are the priorities?

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