Can you imagine being able to lend yourself ten million dollars? Like Hillary did? Plus the many other politicians who have tried to buy their way into office. Some succeed. Some do not.
I have trouble scraping together enough to fill my car and put groceries on the table. Multi million is not in my vocabulary nor my bank account. Yet the amount the political candidates have raised is staggering. Hillary raised, including the loan to her own campaign, $229,442,038. Obama raised $287,397,945!
Now the speculation is McCain, who is low man with a mere $119,595,596, could put aside his personal dislike of Mitt Romney and have him on the ticket! Why? According to Politico it's because of his ability to raise - all together now - MONEY!
The trillions we're frittering away on Bush's war is bad enough, but all this to elect a President? Think of how many FEMA trailers that could provide for victims of natural disasters - past, present and future. Think of how many senior centers or homeless shelters that could fund. Could it ease social security or medicare? There is so much need in our country today I could go on and on.
I guess what's gnawing at me is the idea it seems more about the money to win the Presidency than it is about what and who is best for the country. It's like the country's greatest spectator sport. We, the voters, are watching this spectacle play out before us yet we have little voice. Sure, we can vote but at this point in the campaign I wonder if we're being heard amid the clamor of the race. When more scrutiny is given to regional appeal and money raising capabilities rather than the actual qualifications of the one who will be but an incident away from moving into the Presidency, it seems to me the candidates are prostituting themselves.
Guess who ends up getting screwed!