Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Disgusting

Does anyone else find the amount of money wasted by campaigning politicians nauseating?

Think of what you could do with $860 million. And that's just for president. The Senate and House campaigns raised another $715 million. For a total of $1.6 billion.

That's enough to run Feed the Children for 3 1/2 years.

That's enough to run St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for 3 1/2 years.

That's enough to run Habitat for Humanity for over 5 years.

That's enough to run The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for 44 years.

That's enough to run The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for 38 1/2 years.

That's disgusting.

17 comments:

Dustin said...

I do find it nauseating. I think the candidates should have a limit on the amount they can spend. Of course, they'd just find a way around it, just like they do with the contribution limits.

Babs said...

Amen to that one. Shows where the priorities are.

radioactive girl said...

Yes! I completely agree.

Aaron said...

Seriously... so true. And it's all a huge farce. Nobody says anything meaningful as they try to gather as many impressionable ding-dongs as possible. Sickens me. I think apolitical might be the way to go.

C. said...

Funny because Hillary was all for campaign finance laws until she ran for Prez!

Mom In Scrubs said...

Truly nauseating. That's one of the reasons I ignore it all.

Oh you forgot: That's enough to open up a Fibromyalgia Institute. As for how long you could run it? Maybe 3 months?

EE said...

Or 2000000000 poop strong mugs...

I need to order one of them puppies.

Student Nurse Cracker said...

My question has always been why they would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job that only pays a couple hundred thousand a year.I'm guessing it's because they're assholes.

By the way, love your blog.

kvegas911 said...

You've got an amen from me, sister!

M.E. Again said...

Although I agree that the stupidity of the spending is mind boggling,it's not as bad as you might think: The money comes from their doners, and for the most part gets put back into the economy.

For instance,The Obama campaign spent $20,000.00 at a locally owned restaurant when they came through our town early in this whole fiasco. The owners didn't mind a bit.

jlo in md said...

What I love is all these people who are donating money to these politicians are the same ones that are complaining about gas prices and how the cost of bread is too high. Stop sending money to complete strangers who don't give a crap about you and spend it on your own stuff. That will boost the economy, won't it?

Lynn said...

Yes, it's in the "try not to think too hard about it" category. Or else I'll end up one of those raving lunatics muttering to herself and rocking.

kvegas911 said...

Yes, it's completely disgusting. I had no idea....great post!

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's not wasted...its spent into the economy....things like bumper stickers...yard signs...advertisments...etc.
So actually, they are helping the economy by spending money.

Steve

Anonymous said...

Steve, You are the guy who sees a little old lady being robbed, and doesn't stop the guy. Why not you ask? Because "he will take that money, and put it into the economy!"

Steve's Much Smarter Adversary

911DOC said...

it costs that much to say nothing for hours on end and figure out which group you can sort of offend and which group you can't. silly girl!

Anonymous said...

Yo, anonymous or Steve's Much Smarter Adversary....??? WTF? are you talking about? Of course I would help the little ole lady....But you are using a very poorly designed extrapolation in your attempt to A)refute my statement, B)be humerous, C)show your own brand of stupidity.
Having big corporations donating to a campaign is nothing like a person being robbed. Big corporations donating to a campaign is no different then a big corporation buying an input for their company. I won't go into a windy explaination about company business policies...I'm hoping that your caffeine addled brain can understand such basic economics.
As to a po liddle ole lady gettin zapped fo ho monies....I'm a hopin she lives in a district that lets her carry a big old "justice provider" and she caps that punks ass!!!
Steve