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Direckshun 01-13-2013 05:47 PM

Another reason public financing would help America.
 
The main problem I've long had with private financing of elections, especially now in the wake of Citizens United and its furthering of untraceable millions in donations from a handful of 1%ers, is not just the elections themselves anymore.

We're getting shitty policy from our lawmakers now more than ever because our policymakers spend more time having to raise money than they do learning anything on the issues themselves, or even reading the things they vote on.

Public financing, people. Public financing.

Free our lawmakers from having to spend all their time raising money.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-dru...mbers-congress

Learning About Policy Not on Radar for New Members of Congress
By Kevin Drum
Wed Jan. 9, 2013 8:08 AM PST

Ryan Grim and Sabrina Siddiqui of the Huffington Post got hold of a PowerPoint presentation for incoming members of Congress. It comes from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and lays out, as the authors says, "the dreary existence awaiting these new back-benchers." In particular note that they expect five hours out of every day to be devoted to fundraising (call time + strategic outreach).

That's no surprise, really. What's also no surprise, I suppose, is the number of hours they expect new members to engage in studying up on the issues. That number would be zero. I guess that's what staffers are for. No need to fill their beautiful minds with tedious policy stuff when there's money to be raised, after all.

This is why I don't understand the bipartisan opposition to publicly funded elections. I mean, every member of Congress hates this stuff:

Quote:

It's miserable business. "What’s my experience with it? You might as well be putting bamboo shoots under my fingernails," said Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), a high-ranking Democrat.

....On Capitol Hill, call time evokes a rare bipartisan accord. "An hour and a half is about as much as I can tolerate. There's no way to make it enjoyable," Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) told HuffPost....Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), now a top official at the Center for American Progress, said that the four hours allocated to fundraising may even be "low-balling the figure so as not to scare the new Members too much."
Right. So for purely selfish reasons, why not relieve themselves of this nasty business and agree to 100% publicly funded elections? Are they masochists?

BucEyedPea 01-13-2013 07:14 PM

Bull! You guys just want to control who can run via govt. That's worse.

Taco John 01-13-2013 10:43 PM

I will never understand the leftist desire to institutionalize everything. Why in the world should anybody want our political system to become a system of mass conformity to a much greater degree than it already is?

Direckshun 01-13-2013 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Taco John (Post 9316448)
I will never understand the leftist desire to institutionalize everything. Why in the world should anybody want our political system to become a system of mass conformity to a much greater degree than it already is?

It's not evident that mass conforming is the result of public financing. In what countries that exercise public financing has that been the case?

If you want to avoid mass conforming, avoiding putting election funding in the hands of the 1% is how you do it.

CoMoChief 01-14-2013 02:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Direckshun (Post 9316511)
It's not evident that mass conforming is the result of public financing. In what countries that exercise public financing has that been the case?

If you want to avoid mass conforming, avoiding putting election funding in the hands of the 1% is how you do it.

Obama is the 1% - How can you not see this?

The mother****er works for Wall St.


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