Yesterday was election day across the country and the money is still talking in a big way. Even though it was just a primary election in California, the network news cover the almighty dollar more than they cover candidates' views, issues or benefits of one side versus the other, in the case of propositions.
The close calls across the country are covered in the media by detailing how much each side spent in order to win or lose as the case may be. And the reason why the media is so concerned with how much is spent in elections: they know that the money is what makes the difference. Spend more, get more votes. Sad but true.
Here in California a proposition that would add a $1.00 tax on cigarette packs which was polling at approximately 75% of Californians in favor of when the proposition was first proposed, is now too close to call after the tobacco giants against it spent $48M while the mainly non-profit foundations for it were able to spend only $18M.
In Wisconsin, a very unpopular governor Walker fought off a popular recall due to the governor's spending 'millions of dollars ...mostly from out of the state.' Walker's side spent $54 Million; his opponent's spent $4 Million. Need I say more?
And the night before the election a costly automated phone recording was calling hundreds inaccurately -- and might I say, "fraudulently"-- stating that if the voter signed the original petition to recall Governor Walker, then that individual NEED NOT vote at all. Clearly, even if it is lies the money buys, it buys votes (or non-votes) as I'm sure some believed this misguiding -- I would say "deceitful" -- message.
Once again, it's not about what's best for 'we the people' but what's or who's got the wealthiest campaign coffers.
The people of our great country are being sold to the highest bidders again and again! When will this madness stop? When we all ban together in solidarity and pass an amendment to the Constitution to make ALL elections "Clean Elections." Maine and even Arizona have Clean Elections. WE MUST DO THIS!