Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Bigger the Contender the Larger the Ante

The high stakes political poker game gets more expensive depending on the table. For candidates seeking a House position they must ante up about $100,000, powerful committee chairs $300,000 and major party leaders need to drop $600,000 in their Congressional campaign committees. The Representatives get statements or phone calls encouraging them to pay.

My newspaper had a George Will column suggesting pulling the plug on the federal campaign financing system. He argued it “restricts free speech”. I argue euthanizing the program takes away virtually any chance regular citizens will ever serve in large numbers.

Congress and the Presidency are the playground of the wealthy. With large numbers of egotistical spoiled teenagers abusing their power, why change the rules ensuring more of them? Remember the House and Senate each passed Ethics bills but not will make it the President as they couldn’t reconcile their differences. A pox on all their houses!

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