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Campaign Financing, Primaries, Elections and the Electoral College...

21 May 2008 at 5:13:03 PM

The traveling circus hits the road again.

I can’t imagine what our forefathers would have said about our election primaries and also regarding the huge sums of campaign dollars needed to run for office.

First of all, the primaries are bogus!

Who really cares across the U.S. how Iowa votes in a primary? Or New Hampshire, Michigan, etc.?

Senator Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that “the presidency will be decided in February.”  Ha-ha!  Wrong again, Hillary!

Well, if that’s the case, then why hold national elections? Why have the people go to the polls in November to vote in what already is a “done deal”?

One reason the parties like primaries is that more control goes into the candidates’ hands. It violates the integrity of the entire voting process and jeopardizes our representative democracy.


However, the “guy” with the most campaign dollars generally will win!  I read somewhere recently that the winner of the presidency will have spent around $1 BILLION in total!!!

No wonder so many Americans are disheartened and lethargic regarding politics. No wonder so few register or vote. In the last presidential election only 45 percent of those registered to vote did.  They believe that however they vote has no bearing on the outcome — maybe they are correct.

When our elections roll around, we must give the rest of the world a great show. They must be laughing at us.

Am I the only one who believes that our American election process is compromised due to the primaries and campaign contributions?

And what about election fraud and voting machine integrity? Recently I read an article in which someone stated that the Democrats are concerned about the possibility of the GOP perpetrating voter fraud and “fussing” with the electronic voting machines.  Meanwhile, it's no secret that the GOP is pushing for Voter ID as a means to ensure the integrity of voters.

My reaction is:

If this is a real concern, as it has been for at least the past eight years, then why haven’t Democrats and Republicans worked together to resolve the issue?

It’s also true that one of the leaders in the voting machine industry, Diebold, was a Bush/GOP campaign contributor, which I would think is a “conflict of interest,” but what do I know?  Apparently, that's legal.

Then there’s another pitfall in our voting process. It’s called the “electoral college votes.” This is the process that is the “icing on the cake.”

Even if the majority of the American voters select one candidate, the electoral vote process could override that popular vote and give the presidency to the other candidate. It’s been done before.  In fact, it happened last in Year 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the Electoral College votes.

All in all, it’s time to review the entire voting process in the U.S. to get more control back to the people.

It's time to get more control over campaign financing!

But we probably have “a snowball’s chance in hell” to see that come to fruition.


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1 - salon   21 May 2008 @ 5:59:26 PM 

I haven't given much consideration over what I would do if I were Queen of the Primary Rules, but one item I would change first-I would have all primaries for a given party occur on the same day in the same month and emulate Oregon's vote by mail system. I know it's great for all the television moguls to have the primaries stretch over months and months but it's a stupid system for voters. And there has to be some other way of getting out information about candidates instead of having *debate* after *debate* that actually doesn't engage the participants in meaningful discussion and usually avoids some of the most pressing questions people want to know.

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2 - whitkat   21 May 2008 @ 8:58:40 PM 

If we can't get a full quorum at the FEC, the whole commission's purpose is defeated.  The committee is down to 2 out of 6 members with the democratic majority refusing to act on any of Bush's nominations.

I guess if we can wait until after the next inauguration, they might get the rest of the vacancies filled. 

McCain made himself pretty unpopular with other Republicans by jointly authoring the Feingold McCain finance reform.  How ironical it would be if he gets bit by the very law that he helped enact.

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3 - salon   22 May 2008 @ 10:12:32 AM 

I actually don't have a problem with the Senate pushing back on the nominees. In the latest article about FEC nominations, Harry Reid is asking for an equal number of Democrat and Republican nominees on the board, which seems eminently fair to me!

The FEC shutdown looked like it was on its way to being resolved when controversial Republican nominee Hans Von Spakovsky removed his name from consideration earlier this week.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), rejected a demand by the White House to clear a long list of other executive branch nominations, saying the FEC standoff had to be settled first. The election watchdog agency has been unable to do major work all year because there are only two working commissioners and four are required to have a quorum at the FEC.

The White House sent a three page list of executive nominations earlier this week, but they did not include all the FEC nominations, and Reid wants an equal number of Democrats and Republicans on the commission so it can act on critical items like public financing for the presidential race.

"We had been working toward a solution ... but he [Reid] is not going to agree to it until the FEC is resolved," said Reid spokesman Jim Manley.

Frankly, I"ve been wondering whether Bush would WANT to make sure the FEC is properly staffed, since one of the major issues pending is John McCain's violations of campaign financing rules.

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4 - pstern   23 May 2008 @ 7:37:46 AM 

An additional thought about voting in the U.S.

Many countries around the world REQUIRE by law that people vote. There are various punishments for those who don't, e.g., monetary penalties, loss of driver's license, etc.

I believe that here we should pass a law that requires people to vote, but of course our legislators wouldn't do that because most of them like that Americans don't vote.  It keeps the status quo.

I believe it to be another issue of power & control.

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