-- C.A. Beard
On last month's Fix;
the answer to last month's Fix,
"What would be the best way to finance state and federal elections?"is
Sad to dissapoint Doug, but I don't have a brilliant solution for this. My thought was to have the radio and TV stations in a given market granted a lump sum of money to finance air time, to be divided equally among the local candidates. For the Presidential race, the $1 check off on the IRS returns could be used similarly. If the time bought in this way is short, the candidates will just have to learn to get to the point faster. I realize that this idea will short change candidates that have the appeal to get large numbers of supporters (and hence constributions), but this short fall can be somewhat compensated for by printed materials, door to door, and a WWW presence. Of course I'd also shorten the campaign season to about July on.
On all politics is local
If so, we're in even bigger trouble than I wanted to admit. Last night (June 11) there was a city planning meeting. Sheryl's house is on a dead end avenue that comes off of 4'th Street. 4'th will be torn up from next week through Oct. for various reasons. After the city planners explained to everyone 3 or 4 times how the detours would work to their homes, the self serving requests started. Now mind you that mere moments before these people were complaining about how long the project would take, how slow the workers would be, and how much their taxes were raised to pay for everything. In a flash, all was forgotten as one lady repeatedly asked if she could get new trees along her yard, another person wanted her sidewalk narrowed so she would not have to shovel as much snow, another person wanted the narrow strip of grass that did exist to be completely turned into concrete so that he wouldn't have to mow it, another guy wanted his driveway widened (which irritated his neighbor who would have been encroached on), ...
If these people vote, we're all doomed.
On a personal request
This past week (June 19-26) while I was in Seattle for a conference, Brian and Anne Donahue moved off to Vanderbilt and was unable to see them off or get news of their new address. Could anyone of you provide same? I'd be grateful.
>From ApogeeTom@aol.com Fri Jun 28 12:36:50 1996 >"What would be the best way to finance state and federal elections?" Just let everyone hold the office for a month, alphabetically. Then ya don't need elections. Might want to skip over the L's, though--them people are dangerous. --Tom
2. Arizona Matt says ...
>From birkholz@dagobah Fri Jun 28 14:23:33 1996 [...] "What would be the best way to finance state and federal elections?" And why is *money* such a big issue? The reason is the root of the problem, I'm afraid. Someday, I'll punch up the policy positions of the competitors via the Internet and maybe have to think about it for a whole afternoon. Seems like most of the cost will be borne by *me*, and I won't mind -- a Sunday afternoon -- seems a small price for responsible citizenship -- certainly an improvement over the incessant bickering in 10second spots. Let's *all* do this and finesse problems like campaign finance, mud-slinging/muck-raking, etc. Matt Birkholz
3. Doug Wilken writes.
To: sglanger@Oakland.edu (LANGER STEVEN C) My Dear Steven, > > "What would be the best way to finance state and federal elections?" > For starters, permit campaigning to start about six weeks before the election. That gives us a slight gastro-intestinal break. This also limits the necessary funds to campaign. Other than that, every idea I can come up with seems to have potential abuses and/or inequities in it. It seems to be a fundamental fact that if you have more money and capital, you are going to have more influence than someone living hand-to-mouth. If you try to go around this, I think you give someone else more influence. Heck, no matter what we do someone seems to lose. Let me guess, you have a brilliant idea? -Doug Wilken
2. June 29, Rochester: Over one dozen Porta Poties have been burned by vandals in area parks and festivals. The question on everyone's lips is, "How can we sell this as being racially motivated?"
Ed: And I'm sure this is only for the safety of the reporters. After all, FBI said and did the same thing at WACO.
2. June 4, Jordan: Just a few days after clearing out reporters, the FBI has cut power to the Freeman ranch, brought in black helicopters and armored personnel carriers, and sent a note to the ranch which is thought by many to contain an ultimatum.
2. June 5: The board of Trustees overseeing the funding of Medicare/Medicaid announced today that their warning two months ago that the system would be broke by 2002 was in error. They now say that the program will be broke in 2001.