Three and a half months ago I announced that I was sick of all of the candidates for the 2008 presidential election. Since then, my opinion has not changed. The process seems to drag on forever and the American public suffers. I'm still tired of everyone and I think the entire process is an incredible waste of time and money.
Many of the candidates (including those that have removed themselves from the running) hold public office and clearly are not focusing on their actual positions of public servants. No one seems to care that they are getting shortchanged because their elected officials aren't spending their time governing and making policy but rather spending tax payer money on advancing their personal careers in the hopes that they will be able to govern and create policy at a higher level. According to CNN's election website, the candidates for the 2008 presidential campaign have taken in a combined $568 million dollars through the first of February. Does anyone think this amount of money is absurd?
It seems that the candidate selection process could be done in something like a two month period in build up to the national conventions. It was only minutes ago that I realized the national conventions don't occur until the end of August (DNC) and the beginning of September (RNC). Why does this process need to be stretched out over such an incredible length of time. From February through August, how much more money will be taken in by the campaigns? How far past the one billion dollar figure will this election cost the United States just to select the candidates for the actual election?
What if this money that is being collected from taxpayers and spent on advertising and traveling expenses so candidates can sling mud in all fifty states, could go to something worthwhile - like paying down the national debt? After a quick check from another website, if the $568 million collected at this point were to paid as a one time payment on our $9 trillion debt, we could pay off only 0.006% of the total amount owed. On second thought, screw it, candidates can collect and spend however much they want on their campaigns. We're screwed no matter what we do. How did we get into this mess?