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Unlimited Campaign Finances


I've been doing some thinking lately about Instinct, Choice, and Habit, but before I finish scribing that one out, I read on Glenn Reynold's Instapundit site today about the problems in campaign financials. The good professor says that allowing unlimited campaign contributions is a better approach. Being the free market guy that I am, that appeals to me, but actually I think it allows the White House - or any office - to be purchased. Which probably happens today anyway, but I'd like to suggest a different approach.

Why not let those campaigning to be president enter a microcosm and show us how they would lead? The federal government is not a place where the finances available are unlimited. No, they're limited. In fact, the more limited, the better. What I would rather see is to give the candidates a fixed budget - say $1 million - and that's the maximum. They can show us then how they can stretch that budget. What creativity would they employ to get their message out? Because if they frivolously spend unbelievable sums to get there, isn't the habit of spending spending spending a hard habit to break? And that's a huge problem in Washington.

Keep in mind, if our nation did something like this, I don't think that citizens should be at all limited in their free speech. If they choose to create ads, purchase radio or TV time, and air what they want to say, I'm all for it. If they choose to write about their political views, I'm all for it.

But the campaign? It has to live within its means, because that's what Washington should do, yet never does. Why not start that habit before you get there?


Tags: politics
by Brett Rogers, 9/20/2007 10:24:52 AM


I admit that I am a reality TV addict and am really in the mode since Survivor: China premiers tonight, but when I read the word microcosm it made me think of possible reality shows that would work for helping determine presidential candidates. Something like Survivor or Big Brother would be a good integrity test with alliances and backstabing and the stress of extreme living. Amazing Race would be good to test candidates' strength in foreign affairs. I'd really like to see Hilary and Edwards on a show like Solitary, where they're alone for days, not knowing what the other is doing and have to rely on their strengths rather then the foibles of their competitors. Hmmm...I should pitch this.



Posted by Annette (, 9/20/2007 11:08:11 AM

I LOVE that idea. Yes, you should definitely pitch it. In fact, that kind of happened in the race for Des Moines mayor. The two candidates were made to play the SimCity game. The Democrat was deep into debt at the end of her session of the game due to all kinds of city parks purchases and stuff. The Republican was in the black - he positioned fire and police resources well and his citizens were happiest.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 9/20/2007 12:36:02 PM

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