Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Capitalism reformed campaign politics

Not too long ago, the media told us big money was destroying politics -- despite federal impositions of campaign contribution limits and a pool of tax money offered to presidential candidates.



From Huffington Post:
We live in a big country. In that big country, there are still a few, special places that have resisted unfortunate national trends. One problem with the growing political inequality in our country is that these last few, special places could be overrun by the bank accounts of billionaires elsewhere. It is time to talk about these places, and what is happening to them, before the United States of America becomes the One Place of America.
From the Economist:
At some basic level, it feels indecent to spend tens of millions of dollars on individual Senate races. Nor do I scoff for a moment at those who long for campaign finance reform. If big donors are to be allowed to pour fortunes into election races, for instance, it is common sense that they should not be allowed to do so anonymously.
So this columnist agrees with those rooting for campaign finance reform. I just would not expect it to have magical effects on the public’s angry, distrustful mood.
The only solution was a government one.

Never mind the restrictions placed in the 1970s failed to take big money out, we needed more government to reform democracy -- even if we went around our democratic institutions and the Constitution itself in Citizens United) to do so.

From the Detroit News:
The first priority is to find ways of boosting prompt financial disclosure. We need ways to trace the source of campaign spending on behalf of candidates and incumbents before an election.
Since it appears unlikely that Congress will soon step up to the plate, it may be that regulatory commissions — the FEC, IRS, FCC — will have to move on stricter disclosure definitions and rules. The White House could even consider an executive order requiring full disclosure of political spending by all companies with federal contracts.
The second needed reform is to make public funds available for financing campaigns, thus amplifying the contributions of ordinary Americans, freeing candidates to spend more time on substance rather than fundraising. In states that have used it, public money works.
Today, we hear nary a peep about that. Why?

Because capitalism -- not government -- has solved. Donald Trump did not kiss up to donors, instead he took his message to the people. He did not hide behind ads paid for by others. He didn't lawyer his words. He didn't speak from a focus-group approved scripts.

And it worked. He spent half as much as his opponent and won.

Problem solved.




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6 comments:

  1. Then, too, the Lefties look at donor names and attack some of them. Viciously.

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  2. I'm not missing the focus of this column, but do want to go sideways a little to note that all of the calls for disclosure are intended to find something embarrassing about a Republican donation, that the Media hides disclosure a lot, even when the information is readily available, if it might mean disclosing, say, public sector union money going to Democrats or all the Wall Street money going to Democrats or foreign money going to Bill and then Hillary more recently.

    Journalism and today's Media is all about partisan gotcha -- and that should never be forgotten.

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  3. Arrest George Soros, prosecute him, incarcerate him.

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  4. And recall that most of Trump's campaign money was his own money - not donor's.

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  5. And get rid of the one chance the Republicans have to level the playing field against a national media complex hostile to Republicans. I'll pass.

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  6. Vlad Lenin's body lies a-moulderin' in Red Square,
    But his dorks keep marching on.

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