Another presidential election will be upon us before we know it. Whew! …how time flies. Unfortunately, we Americans will once again be inundated with verbal mud-slinging, accusations, half-truths, falsehoods, innuendo, insinuation, intentional, and unintentional ambiguity; oh yes… and flat-out-lies about citizenship and birth rights. As these political traveling circuses twist , wind, and wrestling their way across the nation, most of us will be unaware of something big happening beneath the surface… and I mean really big!
When we hear and read about the hundreds of millions of dollars that are funding these campaigns, we never demand, let alone ask, who and where this money comes from. We have a pretty good idea where it goes. Most of it goes to television, radio, newspaper, billboard and magazine advertising, while portions go for travel, planes, busses, and cars. Of course there are the many staff members, secretaries, so-called advisors, strategists, promoters, organizers, and jack-of-all-trades who gets paid a decent dollar to do whatever it is they do. However, campaign workers make little or nothing for some reason and they do most of the work; making the thousands of telephones calls, setting up rooms and halls for speeches, getting the balloons, thousands of signs, even knocking on doors. Still, election time means big money for many. Watch as advertising costs steadily rise like the gravitational pull. Election time is the Christmas time for many business entities.
You see? I performed the same trick that the politicians and the press play on the people whenever the question of finances arises. A few sentences ago I asked, “Where does all of the money come from?” Our minds unanimously drew a blank so we just moved along. Once again – “Where does all of this money come from?” “Who is responsible for these multi-million dollar donations to sometimes little-known congressman or woman?” While we patiently wait for an answer, the press will skip over the question and go to a commercial. The political candidate will break into a well-rehearsed, non-sensible ramble about the imaginary jobs they will create when elected. Better yet, they go into the ‘Obama-care’ song and dance. Oh yeah, then when asked a question that backs them into a corner, they use the old standby; “is Obama even a citizen?” Still, the identities of the individuals or groups that pour millions upon millions of dollars into political campaigns remain a mystery.
Think for a minute, how many people do you know are in a position to toss $10-$20-million into a candidate’s campaign and not bat an eye? There are even entities that will put-out more than $100-million to back his or her candidate. Most Americans have no idea what “very rich” even means. We think $1-million dollars is a large sum of money. To many, that’s lunch money… seriously! Ironically, the caucuses, debates, and primaries all happen shortly before tax time… hmm…
Take a look at the original group of Republican candidates. A glance up and down that lineup proves the point that money talks and everyone else walks. There was not one smart, articulate, well-rounded, educated, and principle-polished individual amongst that group worthy of being President of the United States of America. The cyclical question adorns us like a halo; ‘where did they get all of that money to even consider running for President?’
For me, these are the most frightening questions – who really has their hands on the wheels and drives this country? For one to be able to throw a hundred-million-dollars at a political campaign like it’s a casino wheel is a pretty scary thing if you ask me.