Monday, February 06, 2006

Take the money out of politics?

I happened to see some footage on PBS yesterday of the General Assembly debating amendments to the ethics legislation. Specifically, it was the Senate debating whether or not to have public financing of political campaigns.

Either the Democrats think that we are just that stupid, or they themselves are intellectually challenged. They all were fond of saying on the Senate floor how we should "take the money out of politics." They aren't taking money out of politics, however, just putting public money in, and giving the same people who have shown an unbelievable lack of responsibility with taxpayer dollars yet another excuse to waste even more of our money.

Seeing and hearing Democrats discuss ethics and the morality of the campaign process is providing a week's worth of humor in my office.

Surely they understand that if the state can fully finance a political campaign, the state also has precident to fully regulate that campaign, right down to what can be said?

Perhaps this is really another back door into finding ways to shut people up who "cause trouble," namely the opponents of Democratic domination in Tennessee


At Monday, February 06, 2006 4:47:00 PM, Blogger theproprietor said...

Instead of just taking the money out of politics, how about we change the entire process as I outlined in a recent post (see below):

WHO WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT? -- If you’re like me, you’re tired of the whole presidential election process in this country. After all, when less than half of the people eligible to vote in this country actually vote, something is wrong.

It’s time to do away with this system that has candidates traveling all over the place, making the same speech over and over, appearing on talk shows, raising hundreds of millions of dollars and selling their souls to the special interest groups with the most money. It’s time we replaced the current system that leads up to election day with a new system modeled after popular television shows like the one hosted by Regis Philbin.

Yes, we’ll replace the whole presidential primary elections with a show we’ll call,

Who Wants to be President?

Much like the ABC show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Who Wants to be President? will make it possible for any legally-qualified person in this country to be on the show and compete for a chance to run for president. From a group of ten prospective candidates at a time, the candidate who answers a fastest-finger question before anyone else will make it into “the hot seat” previously known as the presidential primary.

Candidates who make it to the hot seat will be required to answer 15 multiple-choice questions, each a little harder than the one before, with topics ranging from foreign relations and military spending to healthcare and supermarket product pricing (correct answers here show if he’s “in touch” with the common man).

Each time a candidate answers a question correctly, he moves on to a harder question worth more votes. Candidates who need help along the way will be offered three types of assistance, known as “lifelines.” Since politicians love polls, they can poll the audience. Since many politicians are indecisive, they can ask to have the four possible answers narrowed down to two. And, finally, they can phone a friend – if they have any, that is.

Any contestant who answers the first 14 questions correctly will get the chance to answer one final question. If he gets that right, he wins a spot on another program, American Idol: The Presidential Election Special, during which every American voter will be asked to judge each candidate’s performance and then text-message his or her vote for the next president of the United States. Problem solved!


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