According to a Reuters poll this month, 75% of Americans – from both sides of the spectrum, Republicans and Democrats alike — feel that too much money is going into political campaigns. All that money, some of it going to candidates who already know cannot win could be put to a much better use.
What could be the options? Let’s look at some suggestions.
It the desire is to go global, an article on the Kalamalama newspaper issued by Hawaii Pacific University in Oahu explains in detail how the Great Pacific Garbage Pack is traveling towards the coast of Hawaii. This garbage pack is “the largest trash pile [in the world] and is generated by the currents of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre [a colliding current]”. The extension of this floating dumpster today is larger than Texas, and its plastic bags, bottles, and caps floating in the ocean are killing birds and other wildlife as it irresponsibly floats across the North Pacific. Could special interest groups and wealthy individuals perhaps spare a few of the millions they invest to destroying the reputation of hated political opponents to help clean the environment of the world they live in?
If the desire is to go local, in Michigan itself, there are many projects that require some help. How about investing few dollars on the Michigan Community Revitalization Project, the new incentive program by the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation? This project requires private investment to protect historical areas, and provide loans or grants to eligible investment projects around Michigan.
Or how about investing a few more to revive Belle Isle, with its previously great Aquarium and Conservatory? Wouldn’t that be money well spent? Applying millions of dollars to smear each other’s reputation – or to denigrate President Obama calling him names does not speak well lobbyists.
According to followthemoney.org, in 2010 the total amount donated to political parties was more than $90 billion — over $2 million courtesy of the tycoons David and Charles Koch, who own the largest private company in the entire United States. This year, donations have already poured in the amount of almost $7 billion. All this money, to support a favorite candidate during the 2012 presidential election.
In the meantime, Detroit languishes, the Detroit Institute of Art struggles, the Detroit Science Center is closed, and the city’s precious historical buildings continue to decay.
When will we learn?