The one with the most money almost always wins.
That statement isn’t only about the third world. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly true of America.
It takes big bucks to run for office (staff, travel, advertising, etc.) and elections have become battles for the bucks.
It isn’t the small contributors that are worrisome. That’s the American way: support a candidate and donate a modest amount to help out. It’s the BIG contributors that worry me: the big companies and groups and the billionaires who, almost literally, have money to burn. If you’re a billionaire and have bought everything else you could possible want, why not buy a politician? It happens.
We voters know that politicians get much of their campaign money from lobbyists promoting some company or group. And we’re not totally dumb. We have to realize that it’s just possible that our politicians might possibly promise to vote favorably in return for a lot of cash.
Lobbying is subject to complex rules, which, if not followed, can lead to penalties, including jail. Nonetheless, the activity of lobbying has been interpreted by court rulings as free speech and is protected by the Constitution. Now, with the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in 2010, we have Super PACS that can spend any amount for any candidate and not even tell us they’re doing it.
I repeat: the one with the most money almost always wins.
Another moral dilemma
Don had planned on watching the football game with his friend Pete. Pete arrived late after the game had already started. “What kept you?” Don asked.
“I couldn’t make up my mind between going to church and coming to the football game,” Pete said. “So I tossed a coin.”
“And what took you so long?” asked Don.
Pete answered: “I had to toss it 40 times.”
YOUTH is when you smoke, drink, and act naughty all through the night, and the next morning you still look great, just like you hadn’t done any of that.
MIDDLE AGE is when you smoke, drink, and act naughty all through the night, and the next morning you look like you’ve been smoking, drinking and acting naughty all night.
OLD AGE is when you go to bed at a sensible hour without doing any of those racy things, but the next morning you look exactly like you’ve been up smoking, drinking and acting naughty all night long.
Maybe it’s because I have a birthday coming up that I’m thinking of this stuff.
1. Statistics show that in old age there are five women to every man. Isn’t that a bad time for a guy to get those odds?
2. Old age is when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise. And when you’re sitting in a rocking chair, you can’t get it started.
Doctor to elderly patient: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.”