The special interests have run amok. The inside players on "K" street in our nations capital, hanging around with sun glasses and overcoats, are back slapping our Democratic Candidates with fund raisers around the country, and having a great time.
Meanwhile, try getting the Attorney General of your state to outlaw the 2 year cell phone contracts, when you try early termination, because the teenager in the house is costing a fortune in texting and phone use.
In this case, "K" street, where all the lobbyists and business attorneys hang out, is screwing "Main Street, USA."
Many of the Democratic Candidates are wealthier than 98% of the American public. My party will raise more money than the GOP.
With the exception of a few of our presidential candidates, no one is using the federal matching funds, which were created after Watergate, to reduce special interest funding of our presidential elections.
Even though Hillary and Bill Clinton are worth more than 30 million dollars, and John Edwards has enough money to get a $400 dollar haircut, they have refused the federal matching funds, because it just isn't enough money to compete.
So, individuals representing foreign high tech companies are laughing at average Americans, when they get their buddies to put in the maximum amount of $2,300 dollars to a fundraiser....maybe giving a collective couple of million dollars over a few months to one of our presidential candidates who yell, "Union!" when they visit Iowa or New Hampshire.
The result of this money is more foreign companies displacing American workers in the computer industries. Just a coincidence...guess again.
When the Democratic National Committee decided to hold our national nominating convention in Denver, August, 2008...whoops...they forgot that the Pepsi Center, where the delegates gather, is non-union.
So, the DNC had to do a fancy dance and get the Center to agree to hire Union workers for just this event.
Although Union's represent many government employees, where the tax payers pay the bill, labor represents only about 6% of private enterprise workers.
A couple of suggestions:
First, let's have the DNC tax the candidates about 10% of the money raised, and buy 10,000 Americans health insurance. That way, if we lose the presidency, at least we have helped those in need.
2. Instead of raising money from a few thousand special interests, why don't we just allow a candidate to raise 25% of his or her money from one or more individuals. In this respect, the candidate doesn't have to get arm weary, giving his hand to so many people giving $2,300 dollars.
3. We need a special Democratic Convention to start again, and look at the way we do Presidential campaigns. The advent of this new, big state, early primaries, just means that the wealthiest candidate will have the best shot at the nomination by February. It destroys the chance of an underdog, underfunded candidate making a big splash in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and then have enough money and press to cash in later primaries.
If our candidates have to raise $500 million dollars to run for President....in 2012, they will have to raise a Billion Dollars! Not only that, they have to start running so early to raise the cash, they might as well start this year...The Democratic candidate slogan can be....."Impeach _____"
Lets face it: The Watergate Reforms and the post 1968 Convention reforms, are a joke.
Enough for now.
Thanks for reading,