posted on Oct, 30 2008 @ 04:14 AM
reply to post by Frankidealist35
My answer would be, once in a blue moon. The problem is that each and every politician is tainted or corrupted by our model of campaign finance.
Essentially, every politician is forced to pander to the corporate interests in order to get elected. Personally, I feel that campaign finance is the
root of all evils apparent in our political system. I mean, in our country, it is legal to corrupt or "lobby" a politician through political
donation. In my opinion, we don't need to REFORM campaign finance, we need to ABOLISH it.
I would propose that all elections be funded by the corporate taxpayer. Today, corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year funding
elections. The problem is that they get to buy influence with this funding. Under my system, the corporations would still, mostly fund each and
every election, they just would not get the influence they once had. In the end, the corporations would actually spend less because they would not
have to compete for influence.
Look at it this way, we just spent $700 billion on a bailout for wall street. Wouldn't it make sense to spend say, $1 billion a year on all the
elections held across the country, thus ensuring that our politicians were not corrupted the first day they took office. This would instead ensure
our politicians actually had to "pander" to the ones who elected them, the voters.