OKAY, DESPITE THE FACT that I know there are two subjects to avoid in social situations, I'm going to break that rule. Well, I'm not actually going to break it. I'm just going to bend it a little, if you don't mind.
My intention is not to incite a heated debate. One of the things that really saddens me is when people go off on a political us vs. them tirade. They'll bash members of the right and set themselves on the do-no-wrong left, or visa versa. I hate the divisiveness of it all and I'm saddened when people spout their opinions in a self-righteous way, like they know everything and the opposition consists of a bunch of bumbling idiots.
I wish we could stop the bickering and find common ground.
All of that, however was not the point of this post.
Tonight on the news, it was reported that for the month of May, the Obama campaign raised 5 million dollars. The Romney campaign raised 4 million. Between them, the funds for one month: 9 million dollars. Nine freaking million dollars! And this is just one month's worth of contributions.
Don't you think it's just a little sad (and terribly tragic) that this kind of money is allocated to puff up and groom two talking heads who just tell us what we want to hear with no way of actually keeping the promises they so liberally dish out from the stage?
It seems to me those funds would be much better spent say, fixing a school building somewhere, or helping wounded veterans or filling food pantries. Maybe even paying back some of the people scammed by Bernie Madoff, for crying out loud.
I know I sound naive. People (corporations) contribute money to the politician they believe will look out for their interests. And basically, the candidate with the most votes (money) wins.
How sad is that? Your thoughts?