Monday, March 30, 2020

Spending On Crucial Political Issues Pales In Comparison To Holiday Spending

Americans spend a stunning amount on gifts during the holiday season: a whopping $942 dollars on average per consumer.

Yet American generosity toward supporting crucial political causes, causes that very well may impact their lives, liberty and property in the years to come are drastically underfunded.

This translates to a truly dangerous state of affairs. 

As Dan Backer explains:

However, if that same money was spent on political advertisements, there would be outrage. Christmas carols would turn into shrill screams for “campaign finance reform.” After all, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently put it, “Billionaires able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates that represent the wealthy and powerful (is) not democracy.”

In truth, political spending pales in comparison to the holiday splurge: Election 2016’s final price tag — the largest in U.S. history — was less than $7 billion for all federal elections (and an estimated $1 billion is double-counted). Election 2018 set a new midterm record, but came in under $6 billion…

Why are you smart enough to decide which car to buy this Christmas, but not smart enough to decide which candidate you prefer?…

The power is yours — and yours alone. It is not given to you by Bernie Sanders, Ellen Weintraub, or anyone else for that matter. Don’t let Scrooge take that away.


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