Times are hard! While a hundred dollar bill won't buy what it used to, most of us would gladly put the gift of one in our otherwise empty pockets.
Even at this early date, major news sources are already predicting that campaign spending in the upcoming election will exceed $2 billion dollars. Consider this: A $2 billion dollar stack of crisp $100 bills is 8,000 feet in height (800,000, if ones). Now that's a mountain of money that could be better used!
It wasn't too long ago when the reported cost of presidential campaigns was only tens of millions of dollars - then hundreds of millions - and now billions. When and where will it all end?
From whence does all this money come and for what unholy purpose? The only ones that have these kinds of big bucks are big business, and it can safely be said that their contributions aren't gratis - these donors expect something in return and they usually get it.
Even this early, most of us are already sick of ingesting a belly full of negative ads - described charitably as gross distortions of the truth. We need to be purged of this pollution before it kills us, our nation and our democracy.
The only way to do this is to get special Interest money out of politics via public financing of campaigns. "Ah!" but it's said, "Such monies shouldn't come out of taxpayer's purse!" Think again! Out of whose pockets does the present money come? The campaign donations by big business/special interests congressionally buys 10 times over, favorable tax and other policies that you and I end up funding through higher prices, lost benefits and other means.
The buying power and opportunities of the hard working middleclass have been drastically eroded over the last three decades. At the same time, the wealth of the 1 percent super rich, by way of favorable tax rates and other benefits, has disproportionately increased beyond all just considerations.
If these two problems aren't soon solved, our democracy will surely be lost and we'll become a troubled, second-rate nation.