Well I hope it was worth it, $6 BILLION later and the campaign to become president of the United States is drawing to a close, by the end of tonight
we may know the outcome.
I've resisted the urge to join in the political threads here as I tend to agree it doesn't matter too much who becomes presi.... The machines will
keep on rolling regardless.
Instead I thought I would put into perspective the massive PR campaigns which have been hitting your homes in an attempt to brain wash you and I into
choosing one of two people, out of the possible 315,000,000 people in America (well not all 315 Million would be eligible, but it put things into
Are these two people the best and most capable people to run America out of hundreds of million to pick from?... I don't think so, I can think of a
least 1,000 people better suited to run America. But that's not how it works is it, the best of mankind are never running for leaders of
countries.... but why?
Anyway I digress, lets look at how much the campaigns have cost, estimates point to around $6 Billion, that's a perverse amount of money.
What does $1 million look like (in $100 bills) -
What does $1 billion look like (in $100 bills) -
So $6 billion dollars is six times the picture above, you could build a house with that!
Surely $6 billion dollars spent on nothing more than propaganda could buy something better. I think the ideas and policies of each candidate gets
completely lost among all the expensive advertisements, rallies and slogans.
Why not just have a leaflet, with a photo of each candidate in the top corner and underneath a list of their proposed policies, have one TV advert and
a few TV debates on their proposed policies. A limit of a million dollars each. With the rest of the $6 Billion dollars being spent on things that are
needed, like education or health for example, better still, to help those in NY who are struggling with the aftermath of Sandy? Am I being too naive,
probably, but it all seems so perverse.
I've seen that if all of the TV campaigns were aired together it would take 250 days to watch them all, can you imagine.
It would take a person on an average wage over 204,000 years to save $6 Billion, without spending anything while doing it.
So possible alternative ways to spend that $6 Billion -
- 600,000 new schools in Africa
- 300 new hospitals in America
- 30,000 homes
.... Feel free to add to the list.
Is there anyone who is of the opinion this is money well spent? I'd be interested in your point of view.
As a side note, the $6 Billion spent on campaigning was money well spent when you consider it would only take 288 hours (12 days) to spend that money
on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.