Friday, February 05, 2010

Editor misses point of campaign finance

Jumping on the bandwagon of complaints about political campaigns and money, editor Lee Anderson (Thursday, 4 February) expresses his worry about "huge sums of money from corporations, labor unions or any other organizations that may be able to concentrate enough money to improperly 'buy' election decisions."
As is usual in this discussion, Mr. Anderson is worrying about the smallpox spots rather than the disease.
If politicians and office holders would simply obey the Constitution, if they would simply restrict themselves to creating laws that protected the rights of people, then there would be no problem.
The problem, the possibility of moneyed interests either buying elections or influencing legislators or bureaucrats, would not even exist if governments, politicians, and bureaucrats had not just taken, illegally, immense power and powers unto themselves.
Many interests give money to buy favors, and others give money to prevent further harm.
Chop down the size and scope of government, and the money question ceases to exist.


  1. Why don't more people realize this fundamental truth? There have always been hangers-on to the coat tails of government, but coat tails have gotten longer and longer. It's time to stop.

    One way to cut off their money is to insist that newspapers stop evaluating elected officials by how much money they got for their district. People should throw those pork barrel pols out.

  2. Driving up Interstate 75 this morning, I saw a sticker you will appreciate:
    Clean the House.
    And the Senate.
    To you and to the driver with that sticker, I add merely, "Amen."
    Thank you very much for your comment.