One has to wonder what kind of a person would spend thousands of dollars to get a job that pays a few hundred a month.
I agree. It’s sad that so much money is spent on these campaigns. I have to wonder if more people would run for office if they could support themselves/family on the wage. On the other hand, the legislature was designed to be a “citizen legislature” that was conducive to working full time in addition to serving your district part time in Topeka 90 days a year.
Tax cuts & Earmarks for big business is a political reality and will continue to perpetuate the record setting campaign contributions at least for the near future. The Citizens United decision has really opened the door to this disgusting barrage of sound bytes and post cards on a whole new level and intensity.
I turned 29 this year and this climate of campaigning is the new normal for me. What was it like 30 or 40 yrs ago? I recently watched the classic b/w 1958 movie “The Last Hurrah”. The negative campaigning and politics in that movie are not so far from today’s.