Also, why make the American taxpayers float the bill. You realize who pays the taxes in this country dont you? It certainly isnt Obama supporters. Completely unfair to make campaigns be publicly funded. Ridiculous idea on so many levels.
They don't need to be publicly funded. Why don't we just cap it. Cap it for real not the loose thing we have now.
I cannot see how anyone here believes that the unlimited money that we have now is a good. things.
This essentially starts a very dangerous arms race and big corporations will always win. Don't big corporations influence our government enough?
The American people pay taxes? Really? Tell me more.
It would be a savings in the long run. The system right now is fundamentally corrupt, I think we'd all agree. Big contributors get special tax exemptions, win bids on public contracts, get rules rewritten in their favor and escape condemnation and prosecution from both parties because that's what contributions are designed to buy. It's a widespread and fully legal system of transparent kickbacks, and it's that way because at the end of the day people aren't elected by the voters, they're elected by contributors. And the corruption and waste is fully evident in the way laws are written and government is run at every level.
Congressmen have to raise about $20,000 a week to be reelected. With that burden and all the strings that come attached to that money gone, they might, you know, actually have to appeal to their electorate and try to address their concerns. That's the idea, anyway, and I think it's worth a try. 9954 makes a good point about the selection process of who's actually gets federal funding. That's a thorny issue, obviously. Plus, the whole thing is unconstitutional. But it's got to be better than the system we have.