Personally, I find it distasteful to think some foreign corporation or even a foreign government can influence our elections by donating a lot of money for campaign advertisements. Limitations on contributions, transparency and harsh penalties for candidates breaking the rules would make the process much cleaner. After all, they do not give the funding without getting something in return. They get votes on issues they care about.
Think about this; British Petroleum, a foreign company, operates a billion dollar business in our territorial waters. There are obvious risks involved in deep water drilling, like the well that spewed crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for three months. They also pay US royalties on the amount of oil they extract. B.P. donates to officials in all political parties. The well in question did not have a safety inspection or an audit for a number of years. When the accident happened, nobody knew how much oil that well was producing. It's a billion dollar oil field. No one, except B.P, was looking. How could that happen? Government officials said, "It was an oversight". Do you believe them?
With a little imagination, you could look at the current process as nothing more than influence peddling or a common protection racket. I have not read any argument in defense of the situation as it is that makes any sense, much less favor the voter's position.
We will never have a government Of The People, By The People and For The People as long as our office holders spend much of their time repaying their campaign contributors. They are working for them, not US, regardless of what they say.
Campaign Financing Reform is necessary. It is needed now and there is not much room for negotiation. The power of each of our votes has all ready been compromised. It is a serious problem that needs to be corrected. Does the government belong to the people, or do the people belong to the government? Reform will give the power of the government back to the people. It is time.
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My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.