I have been sitting on this post for a couple of months. But with the Presidents job speech behind us. The economy stagnant. The current unemployment rate hovering at 10%. And the political
mud slinging debates heating up. I thought now is as good of time as any.
Nugents article in the Washington Times, Saturday April 23, 2011 left me wondering, IF politicians and the like can raise 2 billion dollars for 2 political candidates to run for office what is stopping them from raising 2 billion dollars for more worthy causes.
What exactly does it take to raise 2 billion dollars? Does someone just pick up the phone and call Warren Buffet and he puts a check in the mail? No it takes people, planning, phone calls, organizing, caterers, white tablecloths, world-famous chefs and fancy food and an elaborate setting. It takes people who have money and who have the desire to see their political candidate succeed.
I am just thinking that if this much effort is spent to raise money how much more could be achieved if the same effort was poured into creating new jobs or cutting the budget. How much better off our country would be.
If this kind of money is just lying around why are we laying off teachers and fire fighters? Why are children going hungry? Why are the elderly having to choose between buying medication or buying groceries?
It’s a free country and people can do what they want with their money, however spending 2 Billion dollars to get elected to a political office is just plain wasteful in my opinion. But, if people have this kind of money to give maybe they should think about giving to a charity or organization that is trying to help those that the politicians seem unable to help. I don’t directly give to political candidates but the companies who provide the goods and services I consume do give. And I am watching how much they give and who they give to this time around.
My political voice is my vote. But louder than my vote is the voice of my wallet. The real question to this President and those who desire to be President…How will your plans and promises affect my bottom line? It’s going to take more than a couple of bucks and a few empty promises for this girl. It’s going to take more than the onslaught of political campaign promises, debates, commercials, yard signs and mailers. It’s going to take more than a couple of bucks…
NUGENT: Can’t buy me love
Votes of America’s wallet-watchers aren’t for sale
As a free market addict who believes capitalism is the most powerful force for quality of life ever devised by man, I believe the price of a product or service is generally set by what the market will bear.
However, when it comes to the incessant political campaigns on the national level, the amount of cash required is staggering. Our politicians spend as much time and money campaigning as they do trying to convince us that they are working hard on our behalf.
Reports say that President Obama’s campaign for re-election may raise and spend $1 billion. He won’t be alone. The GOP nominee will likely raise the same amount of cash. And I thought $4-a-gallon gas is outrageous.
It won’t be long before you start to see what a billion dollars buys. The tsunami of political television and radio commercials will soon begin to flood the airwaves. The amount of political junk mail that will pack our mailboxes may even be enough to postpone the economic collapse of the U.S. Postal Service for another year.
And not a single dime spent on crafty political advertisements will convince me to vote against my political gut instincts and values.
I’ll vote for the gal or guy who says Washington is much too large, spends way too much money, taxes far too much and unfairly, who advocates for a balanced budget, has owned or worked for a successful company (not including law firms), and who believes health care and retirement is an individual’s responsibility.
The billions that will be spent on the upcoming political campaign are not targeted at me. The money will be spent trying to convince so-called moderates to cast their vote a certain way.
Ironically, even the billions spent on campaigns will, in the end, not matter nearly as much as the money in the wallets of the voters.
Americans vote with their wallets. If their wallets are flush with cash, they generally stick with the same political horse. If their wallets are lean, the incumbent is in big political trouble.
And that is the millstone around President Obama’s neck. Out on the campaign trail, his golden tongue may wax eloquently that the economic malaise of high unemployment and even higher underemployment is the fault of President Bush, but that is a tired, out-of-tune ditty.
Young people rallied around Mr. Obama’s message of “hope and change” in 2008. With a large percentage of college graduates returning home to live with their parents because there are no good jobs to be had, the idealism they had in 2008 will succumb to harsh economic realities. This too spells trouble for the president.
The GOP candidate faces a split party – stalwart Republicans and Tea Party activists. The nominee’s job will be to unite the party while at the same time, spending hundreds of millions courting moderates and telling them happy days will soon be here again.
There is a powerful undercurrent of economic reality that Americans feel. Everyone knows someone who has been laid off, can’t find a job or who is underemployed.
Even a billion dollars will not be able to convince Americans otherwise. Their wallets speak loud and clear.
Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).
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