Abe Wouldn’t Have A Chance Today

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:02 AM.

            I read in the paper…… Now, I know what you are thinking. I’m a little leery of this news media thing myself. Remember “Dewey defeats Truman”, “Castro will be the answer in Cuba” and “Elvis is not dead”. But this one is so outlandish, idiotic and unreasonable that it must be correct.

            It was a report stating that the House Republican Committee has collected in the first quarter of 2014, thirty-one million dollars to elect and/or re-elect their party members to the U. S. House of Representatives in the fall races. I was shaking my head in disbelief even before I got down to the last sentence; they were still behind the Democratic Committee by nine million or so!

            Ye, gads! No wonder the cost of toilet paper and running shoes have gone out the ceiling. You think these corporate sponsors are paying this ransom money out of their own pockets? No way. They charge an extra penny, or five, per soda can so we get to pay it! And this story doesn’t turn out exactly like Cinderella or “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”. As soon as the candidates are officially “in”, they raise taxes or institute a user fee or lower Medicare……and we get to pay some more.

            Seventy-one million dollars between the two parties and we’ve still got six months to go before the elections. You watch the price of toothpaste, gasoline and dog food carefully in the next few months. Money will be thrown around like tick powder at a bloodhound convention. Will Rogers said almost a hundred years ago, “We’ve got the best congress money can buy.” Of course, ole Will was trying to be funny!

            I’m old enough to remember when seventy-one million dollars was a lot of money.

            Republicans stumping in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Georgia will bring up Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Regan. The Democrats will answer by pointing to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. The problem is these new guys are talking about, referring to and setting up as examples these political leaders from the past…….I don’t see any around today actually emulating them!  

            Why don’t we just drop all pretenses and let the guy who raises the most money have the job! It would save time and effort at the polls. We wouldn’t get bogged down with issues, causes, content or divergent styles. No voter would have to make a choice that he, or she, doesn’t feel good about. The candidate with the most cash would win out over the lesser of two evils.



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