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Opinion

April 30, 2013

Politics as usual

It’s spring, the snow has finished hopefully! The white hues have paled and so have I. The past year was a long political siege that gets worse and more expensive with each presidential election.

First, the run for the primary and then the surge of long speeches, rhetoric, false promises and the spending of lots of money on advertising. The conventions came and went with CBS reporting in October that the previous conventions had cost approximately $24 million a day, yet local restaurants and retail stores lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue at the site of the convention.

Pictures appeared on TV of computer sets, telephone wiring, cameras, overtime for city workers, entertainment and food services within the convention areas, never mind the closures of local highways, the shutting down of their city offices for several days, work schedules being adjusted and people, in general, avoiding the convention cities.

After the Democratic convention it was announced by the media that the Obama and Romney campaigns would spend $45 million in media ads alone. What is wrong with this political scenario? Each party spending millions of dollars, politicians getting exhausted, they strain their voices and put on personality shows. $193 million was spent on both campaigns. Shame on us!

We should be embarrassed for ourselves by allowing this diabolical waste of money. The illiterate and poor in this country, school systems that have been forced to cut programs and lay off teachers, businesses that are struggling to provide health care insurance for employees or who have canceled their benefits, now sit by and watch our political parties spend money like free-flowing water.

We are supposed to be the wealthiest nation in the world, yet we haven’t paid our United Nations dues for years, bringing us into millions of dollars worth of debt, yet we expect the U.N. neighbors to comply with our requests. Imagine what these countries must think about the expenditures in our elections. Corporations and the politically correct people made $43 million in contributions for our January inauguration of President Obama.

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