Letter to the Editor

Money and politics

AtascaderoJune 9, 2014 

Political campaigns will always have expenses, travel, communications, advertising, etc., and therefore need money. The idea of taking money out of politics is the first and obvious misdirection.

“Money is the root of all evil” is a misquote. The actual Bible quote is, “the love of money is a root of all evil.” In other words, money isn’t in and of itself the problem. The motives of campaign donors, however self-serving, are diverse and obvious. The motives of politicians are not so diverse, cloaked in political speak and subject to the trappings of power.

For all of us, money is a means to control our own lives and destinies. But for some, money is power to control others. Seeing that it is more likely the latter whose “love of money” is most corruptible, why restrict the donors rather than the politicians?

The second misdirection, so-called “public funding,” would be to give control of all campaign money to the very politicians who are most likely to be corrupted by it.

So-called campaign reform does not control the power of money. It simply takes power from the people and gives it to the politicians. Any restrictions put on campaign donations transfers power to the politicians.

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