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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 04:27 PM

6. The US simply lacks publicly funded elections. That's why we always choose rich people.

The Senate and House are full of millionaires and are supported by millionaires and billionaires who want certain laws enacted or repealed or modified. We haven't elected a scientist or an engineer or a doctor to the White House precisely because they don't have the resources or aren't supported by people with said resources to even mount a campaign. It essentially costs a billion dollars in campaign expenses just to win all the primaries and then a full-bore presidential campaign at the current rate. To win a Senate seat in a rural state could easily cost over two million in campaign expenses, and it'll cost even more in a heavily populated state.

Office isn't for ordinary people anymore. The rich essentially pushed the cost of playing out of reach of the everyman.

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