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Old 09.11.2012, 07:18
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Re: Money well spent ?

Sort of makes the way of appointing a new leader in most dictatorships look a hell of a lot less corrupt
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Old 09.11.2012, 07:51
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I guess the important question would be... who's pocket did all that $$$ land inside?
Nope, that is not the important question but a pretty obvious one: It ended in the pockets of the media outlets with the best bang for the buck. The money is simply used to carpet bomb voters with basic messages and what ever channel offers the right viewers the campaigns identified... gets the money.

The really important question is much more where the money came from. Because nobody can raise this sort of money for some ideological and polticial reasons alone - corporations and lobby groups expect a return on investment... so it is interesting to see how much politicians will act according to their beliefs or alternatively according to the lobby pressure and the danger to lose money for their next campaign...
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Old 09.11.2012, 08:09
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Re: Money well spent ?

Example of a bad investment in this election.
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Almost, not quite.

I can understand it, but it doesn't sit well, hence the bolded part of what I said:
Why wouldn't it sit well? In this case, individuals are being paid for work. What is wrong with that?
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Old 09.11.2012, 10:21
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Why wouldn't it sit well? In this case, individuals are being paid for work. What is wrong with that?
Because I think the same effect could have been achieved with better budgeting.

Because while I can understand and even on one hand admire the ideal of it, on the other hand, I know that even with "trickle down" and "spread the wealth around" bits of people in service positions having opportunity to make more through extra shifts and even probably overtime pay, the amount people are paid at those lower rungs is still not enough to LIVE on.

Because I think that the reason why those people / corporations who donated large amounts of money (I'm not talking about the "small fry" who is impassioned enough to donate $10 here or there) even HAVE so much money to donate, is because they cheat the people who are working for them from having a living wage.
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Why wouldn't it sit well? In this case, individuals are being paid for work. What is wrong with that?
1.Because the money comes from somewhere and this buys political favors.

2.Because its a complete waste, that is serves no positive useful purpose. You could put the country to work building bridges with no roads attached, you've paid someone for work done but the work was a waste and not necessary. Same with the money spent on election propaganda and you can argue that its not public but private funds then refer to point 1.

Theres nothing wrong with dinners, rallies to explain the platform but the excessive media budget should be cut. There should be a limit on all candidates. Its not an efficient allocation of resources.
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Hold on.

The money goes to people all over the place, it's not like it's lit on fire!

Meanwhile, while I agree that less could be spent on the campaign and more of that very same money donated to worthy causes, the money they DID spend after a certain point was out of their own pocket or from donations, NOT "government" money.

So, while it's not as peachy and rosy as it could be, it's not so bad as it could be either.

Kinda like the outcome of the election itself.
You do of course realize by now that the U.S.A. is dying financially .....
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