We have ourselves to blame

The 2012 presidential election in the United States is projected to cost a record $6 billion.

This is shameful. And for once, politicians aren’t to blame. Most of this money comes from voluntary donations from private individuals and various organizations.

And what does this $6 billion actually do for us? It allows politicians to traipse about the country for the next 22 months making speeches that relatively few will listen to, and even fewer will remember. It will pay politicians to spend countless hours puffing out their tail feathers when they should be doing the business of governing. It will poison our TV broadcasts with an unending stream of catty political ads.

So, I have some advice for my fellow Americans this election season: don’t donate anything to political campaigns. Let politicians figure out how to market themselves without $6 billion – money that would far better be spent helping the economy.

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