Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election 2012

KUTV.com | Stories - CBS News Projects: Obama Re-Elected

Two billion dollars of campaign spending*
ought to be enough to buy us a little hope
with change leftover,
right?

The 2012 presidential election was the most expensive in U.S. history.  The two candidates spent roughly a billion dollars apiece.  I can't help but think that you could feed a lot of hungry people with two billion dollars.

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35 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

no matter which party 'won' the battle, i think the funds spent and the bickering and the divisiveness is so disheartening.

happygirl said...

I heard him say "things can only get better." Oh, I'm not sure that is the case. $2 billion is a crime.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so need that hope! Love your witty question!

Mary Mansfield said...

Nicely put, Mama Z. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure the answer to that particular question is "no."

G-Man said...

Smells like ANARCHY round these parts.

Hannah said...

That makes my stomach turn over...I hadn't heard this detail yet...seriously sickening.

Love your approach...buying hope and the change leftover part, too. Change...we sure need that.

Great poem Mama Zen!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

The horrible bickering that took place in all camps was the most disturbing thing I have ever encountered in all the years I have been alive on this earth, next to the HUGE price sticker and the avalanche of paper from talking heads every time I went to my mailbox..

I'm with you Mama Z, and I would like to add...

How many homes could have been saved from foreclosure? How many jobs could have been created? How many elderly citizens could have had both their medicines AND their utility bills paid?

Sigh...

Sheila xoxox

A Lady's Life said...

You can't buy hope. He bought the people before the election and in his victory speech he told Americans they have to pay now and the people cheered not understanding a word he said.
Canada wanted Romney because he would have been better with our Prime Minister.
Obama has his own agenda and no one is comfortable not knowing what it is.

Susan said...

Poetic thought, boldly cut into three. And the answer? Yes, of course, a little change will come. How little? Time will tell.

ANd it's too much $$, yes. I'd like to see a list of the costs: What does a day of advertising cost for how many channels? I hope that money--which was not government money--went to ordinary venders and not to corporations. So I'd like to see another list: Who made money from the campaigns? Disclose from both parties. And then I think, I don't really want to see anything not today, and not until next year--should we all survive past 12/2012/ I am pretty sure we will.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This was the most expensive campaign in history--how many lives can we save?

Margaret said...

...or pay for a LOT of contraception.

(sorry) Forgive me. Yes, it is disgusting and your wittiness never fails to astound me.

Peggy said...

Yes a lot of $$ spent for sure. I do hope a lot of it trickled down to those who actually do the work of the world. Hope with change left over--good line.

Other Mary said...

I have always wanted to challenge the candidates to put all the money they spend on campaigning towards paying down the national debt, because they are soooo concerned about that whilst campaigning. O.o

Brian Miller said...

pretty sickening the amount of money spent on elections...i think there are def greater uses for that kinda money...

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah pretty sickening indeed.

Kay L. Davies said...

"a little hope, with change left over" is well said, MZ. Such a bunch of money could have done some real good, properly spent, couldn't it?
K

Kay L. Davies said...

PS
By "properly spent" I meant feeding the hungry, healing the sick, clothing...etc.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Remember it was the Supreme Ct decision that 'corporations are people' and PACs can spend as much as they want to that contributed a lot to this spending frenzy. Rove et al tried to buy the election and it didn't do them much good. Do you think they'll slink away quietly now. Fat chance!

Heaven said...

Yes what a waste of money ~ I hope both parties will work together now for the greater good of the people ~

AntiquityTravelers said...

This obscene spending could be capped. It was prior to Citizen's United ruling by the Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court held in Citizens United that it was unconstitutional to ban free speech through the limitation of independent communications by corporations, associations, and unions, i.e. that corporations and labor unions may spend their own money to support or oppose political candidates through independent communications like television advertisements. This ruling was frequently interpreted as permitting corporations and unions to donate to political campaigns"

This isn't about the individual candidates, this is about putting the right laws and limits in place so we can all focus on the more important things.

Christine said...

watched a bit of the results online last night, and I wondered how much of the campaign money could have really helped your country, in education, public health, infrastructure?

Ella said...

lol I love your wit~ :D

Helen said...

We need campaign reform, we need term limits, we need to regroup.

Manicddaily said...

So clever. k.

Manicddaily said...

So clever. k.

HermanTurnip said...

Yeah, here's to campaign overspending. Let's get the money out of politics, and do away with career politicians. This is not the way the founding fathers envisioned our political environment.

So glad this round of elections is over with! Time to breathe and de-stress!

Fireblossom said...

Incredible, how much money was spent, much of it blathering away about fiscal responsibility! But, I am really glad Obama won.

Adam said...

With Super Pacs, the number wasn't surprising.

Susie Clevenger said...

We need hope...too bad so much money was spent on bickering back and forth...just think of all the good it could have done for our citizens in need.

gabrielle said...


I so enjoy your wit! Thanks for the challenge which generated this post election discussion.

Here’s to public financing of elections, shortening the election cycle and overturning Citizens United (an Orwellian moniker if ever there was one).

my heart's love songs said...

i'm with you, MZ! insanity!

Lolamouse said...

I thought exactly the same thing! It's obscene how much $$$ is spent on politics!

Pat said...

I wish there was a ceiling on the cost of campaigning. The amount spent this year was ridiculous, especially when you see the people suffering from the aftermath of Sandy. I am glad that Obama won. Put the bickering aside, let's move forward.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Publicly funded elections. That's what we need.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

True about the money, but at least the right guy won. :)