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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Term limits would have more of a desired effect i think.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Term limits would have more of a desired effect i think.
    I'm more in favor of age limits than I am for term limits.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    If that were true, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.
    Not necessarily. People can PERCEIVE a causal relationship even when one doesn't exist. I've never seen any evidence to indicate that spending more money generates better electoral results...just that there is a correlation between the two.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    How could ANYone vote "No"?????

    Money in campaigns is the largest problem OF the election! It breeds corruption! Anyone with a understanding of the System MUST vote YES!
    1. How does it breed corruption?
    2. How would federally funded campaigns solve this problem?
    3. Even if they did solve this problem, how would you deal with the other problems they would create?
    4. What kind of political speech would you ban individuals or groups from making, without the government's blessing?
    5. Who qualifies for federal funds and how is this determined?
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Term limits would have more of a desired effect i think.
    While term limits would be a blessing for our government, and "politics as usual" it doesn't address the problem of equality in election season.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    While term limits would be a blessing for our government, and "politics as usual" it doesn't address the problem of equality in election season.
    You need to show that this sort of "equality" is necessary, so much so that it requires restricitng the rights of the American people.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Not in today's political field. Now adays it is all about drowning out the competition.
    That's just a function of money, which is a function of having a message that attracts supporters.

    Its not for the government to restrict those with the message the support drawn to said message so that they cannot 'drown out' those with a weaker message and less support.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    While term limits would be a blessing for our government, and "politics as usual" it doesn't address the problem of equality in election season.
    Well, considering how easy it is for incumbents to get elected right now, it actually does. By having term limits, once an incumbent has reached his limit, it forces both parties to run new candidates for that seat. That, in a way, provides equality every term limit.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    If we want to preserve some semblance of balanced, free speech in our elections, then yes, we should level the playing field.
    Its not for the government to restrict those with the message and the support drawn to said message so that they cannot 'overwhelm' those with a weaker message and less support. The goverment is there to protect your right to free speech, not make sure that everyone has the same access to political advertising.

    When you have single groups, single people who can hand out millions of dollars to a political party, that isn't the support of the people, its the support of a person, and more often some special interest groups, through lobbyists and what not.
    So what? Groups, special interest or otherwise, are just masses of individuals; groups have the same right to donate to campaigns as individuals because each individual in that group has that right.

    Your perspective would be completely valid if there were absolute limits that any one group could give to any one candidate, and even then, there would be loopholes for those groups to give more, or make it seem like more people gave to one candidate.
    Limiting how much you can give to a party/candidate limits your right to political free speech. If that speech, expressed through some media other than money, were similarly restricted, all in the interest of making thngs 'fair', you and eveyone else that supports your position here would have a cow.

    Again, we have single people spending huge amounts of funds to overwhelm the average person.
    So what? Should a college grad be limited in his written expression of support for a candidate because someone who dropped out of school in 8th grade cannot compete with him with his writings?
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Money and politics have come far too closely related for our government to work efficiently. You should not be able to buy your way into any office without the proper credentials. It seems we have massed a large number of politicians incredibly unfit for their career, who can pay for ads and campaigning with ease due to their high placed connections.

    Having large amounts of money involved in politics is dangerous in the way that it is so prone to cause corruption, and rather than have goodhearted politicians working for the good of the country, we have selfish men working hand in hand with billion dollar corporations. However spending federal funds on these same kinds of people would be tragic indeed.
    Last edited by Peter Valentine; 10-08-10 at 02:02 PM.

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