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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Technocratic View Post
    There is a way to fix the problem of independent groups putting out junk political ads: ban all political ads. Institute mandatory formal debate in writing/television in its place for all candidates. All funding should be public, based on tax dollars. There should be no independent funding allowed, from corporations or citizens.
    Yep, this is the only way we are ever going to get the voice of the citizenry back and cut out a lot of the current corruption.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Yep, this is the only way we are ever going to get the voice of the citizenry back and cut out a lot of the current corruption.
    Independent groups are the voice of people.
    These groups aren't run and funded by giraffes.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Independent groups are the voice of people.
    These groups aren't run and funded by giraffes.
    Voting is the ultimate voice of the people.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Voting is the ultimate voice of the people.
    People have voted, with their dollars, to support these groups.
    What's the difference?
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    People have voted, with their dollars, to support these groups.
    What's the difference?
    The difference is that money makes some more equal than others. I am all for the inequality that money brings, but not for a critical matter, such as this.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The difference is that money makes some more equal than others. I am all for the inequality that money brings, but not for a critical matter, such as this.
    Ok so what happens when the entrenched (politicians) groups just vote themselves more than enough money to continue their negative/harmful campaigning.

    There is no real benefit to this, you're taking money that is privately given and forcing the taxpayer to subsidize the same thing.

    And then with the private debate, they could again have the whole thing scripted and even if it wasn't, people debating over hard policy isn't going to interest the electorate at all.
    The best appeals to emotion and the best looking politicians will win, still.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Independent groups are the voice of people.
    These groups aren't run and funded by giraffes.
    Unfortunately, they are funded by special interests with agendas. No one should be allowed to buy an office with bribes...I mean "campaign donations." That's one big problem with American politics. Politicians become log-rollers for people with money.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I see less of a problem with private citizens contributing as long as its their money and not the corp's.
    This ^^ but I would cap what an individual can contribute.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Technocratic View Post
    Unfortunately, they are funded by special interests with agendas. No one should be allowed to buy an office with bribes...I mean "campaign donations." That's one big problem with American politics. Politicians become log-rollers for people with money.
    I agree but I don't see any benefit from federally funded elections, the politicians will still listen to "special interests" for future promises of cushy jobs after retirement.

    Don't forget either, that all voters have agendas and special interests, even if they are undeveloped and sophomoric they still exist.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I agree but I don't see any benefit from federally funded elections, the politicians will still listen to "special interests" for future promises of cushy jobs after retirement.

    Don't forget either, that all voters have agendas and special interests, even if they are undeveloped and sophomoric they still exist.
    At least they are special interest that are actual constituents. Corporations profit agenda should not be able to hold your elected representatives subject to their agenda.

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