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    Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Wouldn't libertarians like to get corperations out of Federal policy making? Why not let policy be what politics are about?

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    I don't know about federally financed, I'd like to see people stop being able to buy elections. First, make it illegal to donate directly to any specific political campaign. If you want to donate, you donate to a general fund which gets dispensed equally to all people running in a particular election. Individual politicians cannot put a penny of their own money into their campaign. That puts everyone on an even playing field. Second, assign federal financial overseers to each campaign who keep track of every penny spent. Anyone who plays hanky panky earns a quick trip to jail for financial misconduct. Third, I'd like to see a limit on how much advertising and especially how much negative campaigning can be done. Require TV and radio stations, as a consequence of their FCC licenses, to air a certain number of 30-second political ads per day (probably under 5 ads), spread out amongst all candidates. These are done in such a way that there is equal coverage among the candidates in various times of the day.

    We need to get the elections to be about issues, not money.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I don't know about federally financed, I'd like to see people stop being able to buy elections. First, make it illegal to donate directly to any specific political campaign. If you want to donate, you donate to a general fund which gets dispensed equally to all people running in a particular election. Individual politicians cannot put a penny of their own money into their campaign. That puts everyone on an even playing field. Second, assign federal financial overseers to each campaign who keep track of every penny spent. Anyone who plays hanky panky earns a quick trip to jail for financial misconduct. Third, I'd like to see a limit on how much advertising and especially how much negative campaigning can be done. Require TV and radio stations, as a consequence of their FCC licenses, to air a certain number of 30-second political ads per day (probably under 5 ads), spread out amongst all candidates. These are done in such a way that there is equal coverage among the candidates in various times of the day.

    We need to get the elections to be about issues, not money.
    That doesn't cover the problem of third party ads.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    No. It is difficult to argue against the grain that money=freedom of speech and controlling that is going against freedom of speech. It would be silliness if the government would try to go against the mass opinion on this issue. Next, campaign finance reform has just been one giant package of unintended consequences and shuffling the money elsewhere, constantly trying to find the hole to plug it up.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Wouldn't libertarians like to get corperations out of Federal policy making? Why not let policy be what politics are about?

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    No. It is difficult to argue against the grain that money=freedom of speech and controlling that is going against freedom of speech. It would be silliness if the government would try to go against the mass opinion on this issue. Next, campaign finance reform has just been one giant package of unintended consequences and shuffling the money elsewhere, constantly trying to find the hole to plug it up.
    So corperate donations are ok in your book and it's simply an expression of freedom of speech huh?

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Not simply, but yes, an expression of speech.

    The truth is that you will not remove the power of money from the equation of American politics. Democrats have tried for decades, and for their own party it has not worked well.
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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Not simply, but yes, an expression of speech.

    The truth is that you will not remove the power of money from the equation of American politics. Democrats have tried for decades, and for their own party it has not worked well.
    So corperations deserve the same rights as individuals?

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    Who casts the corporate ballot on election day?
    Last edited by Gabriel; 09-30-10 at 01:16 PM.

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    Re: Should America move to federally financed political campaigns?

    I'm skeptical that there is any causal relationship between the amount of money that the candidate spends and the electoral results they achieve...at least once you get beyond the point where most voters know who the candidate is. It's true that there is a correlation, but I think this is more due to the fact that popular candidates tend to get both a lot of votes and a lot of money, rather than any direct relationship between the money and the votes.

    Therefore I'm skeptical that federally-financed political campaigns would do much.
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