Take This, Candidates
Eight billion dollars.
That is the projected overall cost of the 2012 elections. Eight billion dollars. Really? Obama’s personal fundraising goal is a cool billion.
Eight billion dollars.
I’m tempted to look up random statistics online and demonstrate how many starving children that could be fed or how many teachers could be hired in understaffed schools with that money. If we really wanted to, we could send enough food to Indonesia to ensure that no dog is consumed there ever again – and still have enough left over to buy a private jet for Romney’s dog. But I don’t feel like it.
Hey, let’s give some politician a billion dollars so he can become president and find a way to help our public education system recover from the billion dollars in cuts they were forced to make… wait a minute…
I get it, but at the same time I just don’t get it. It is so much easier to communicate and get a message across than ever before. I mean, people in Indonesia actually read my America’s War on Dogs post simply because it had the word Indonesia in it. Do you really need that much money to spread the word? Do you really think that playing that television ad where you sit in front of a fireplace with an American flag to your right and a few minority school children standing behind you holding hands singing “we are the world” for the 147th time is going to be THE moment that hundreds of thousands of Americans will realize that you are the best man for the job?
How many votes do you get every time that commercial airs? 20? What did that ad cost?
The Kardashians get their message across America and have more media presence than most political candidates without spending a dime. And more people seem to care. Ok, maybe not. But they listen.
Here is my proposal.
I challenge both presidential candidates to pledge to put aside 25% of every dollar they raise to give to charities regardless of the outcome. (This would still leave them with a larger budget than they had in 2008 – which would still set a new record.*) Are you really telling me that this wouldn’t be enough to let every American know that your opponent’s great grandfather’s sister’s college roommate’s cousin’s neighbor’s last name was Hitler (no relation to Adolf)? I doubt it.
And just in case you were wondering, this would be legal according to federal campaign financing laws. I looked it up to make sure. So there you go. And don’t get tricky and choose charities purely based on political gain by currying favor from special interest groups – and don’t just give that money back to the organizations that gave it to you in the first place. That would be a huge kick in the nuts – the NRA donates $24 million dollars to Romney’s campaign just to get $26 million back after the election.
In fact if you really want to blow everyone’s minds add a line to the ballot and let America vote for a charity of their choice.
I love how I write as if some political candidate will actually read this. But I do enjoy venting.
*That is assuming the candidates meet their fundraising goals.