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Is it time to change how we campaign for President?


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Eight months until November 4th! Can we bear it?

How many of us are honestly sick of political ads, phone calls, polls, attacks, claims, and sound bites?

Maybe it is time to consider putting some limits on how we campaign for president ?

There have been minor efforts and legislation in the past to put in place spending limits for political campaigns. Candidates may choose to tap into a small fund to help with campaign expenses.

However, candidates with private fortunes can elect not to take any government help, and spend as much of their own money as they wish. This prevents some candidates who might be qualified from choosing to run because they aren't multi-millionaires.

Even with the campaign finance guidelines, there are many ways to get outside funds, to support campaigns. The amounts being spent in presidential campaigns, and also for senatorial positions, and governorships are obscene.

Think of just the humanitarian and infrastructure uses for which those untold millions of dollars could be better spent.

Some European countries have put limits not only on the spending, but on the length of political campaigns. An older woman whom I visit suggested that we give each candidate one-half hour of free TV time in which to state their most passionate ideas, suggested changes, and strong points.

She thought that was plenty of time. I don't suggest curtailing the exposure to quite that short a time frame, but surely two or three months before party conventions would be plenty. As it is now, potential candidates begin their posturing and jostling and pushing of agendas almost before the ink has dried on the results of the previous election.

Of course, to have desirable outcome in the race, citizens would need to research into a candidate's past voting record, bills sponsored, and personal achievements. We would need to listen to/read the entire speeches and publications and reports. Presently, many people are only familiar with the constantly-repeated, media-selected, sound-bites, a poor way to really know where each candidate stands.

Another time issue is that most candidates for national office are serving in an elected office and are absent from deliberations and decisions that need to be made.

Another possible limit would be to the amount of air time and amount spent on political advertising. This limit would increase the possibility of a level playing field for all. .....
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Hey, just take a pill

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Winter TV watching is a special health hazard- guaranteed to increase weight and decrease IQ in direct proportion.

Sandwiched between ads for extra cheese pizza and All-You-Can-Eat buffets are ads for cholesterol medications. Dr. Jarvik is ..... 
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How much change do we really want?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As the number of presidential hopefuls gets smaller an interesting field of candidate's remains. Each in their own way represents a certain segment of the electorate. Left in the race is a person of African-American heritage, a woman, a Mormon, an e ..... 
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Nobody was listening anyway

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last Monday night my wife was baby sitting so I was able to watch the "State of the Union" speech in its entirety. There was no one home to hear some of my language.

Most of these speeches are used to lay out bold and broad policy objectives ..... 
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What I did at Camp

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Camp is for kids, right? Well, I left my three kids with dad and set out for St. Paul for a weekend of intense "camp," without the traditional canoeing, mosquito-friendly tent, and fireside songs. I was a little nervous about what to expect, but I c ..... 
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It's all about the Benjamins

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

With a possible economic recession in our near future some in government think that a tax cut is the way to prevent this from happening. This theory is if we pay less in taxes we will have more money to spend and thus boost the economy.

I g ..... 
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Second hand smoke

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The reported health risks of second hand smoke are likened to the Great Plagues of Europe. If it were true, Baby Boomers would not be a threat to Medicare and Social Security. They would not have been large enough to mount campaigns for women's righ ..... 
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The Year of the Rat(s)

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Some last minute thoughts as we enter 2008, or in the Chinese lexicon, the Year of the Rat.

• There is one year left of the Bush - Cheney junta. They introduced the world to such noble concepts as rendition, torture (think waterboarding) ..... 
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Let's hear it for the "City Guys"

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We see and hear tributes to our firefighters, police, and emergency responders; they deserve this praise, especially in our small towns where they are often volunteers, risking lives to protect us.

There is another group of folks who merit o ..... 
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