This week, I'm pleased to bring you an important discussion about what we should be talking about this election season. It's time to look into corruption in banking, energy, health care, trade, and education; to trace the money and find out what it's costing you, personally.
The biggest single reason for the worst thing about our electoral system is that to reach the voters, candidates need to pay the media a fortune. Hence, it's no surprise that the news media rarely denounce runaway campaign spending.
By every account, the 2012 election will be the most expensive in history. What many Americans don't know is that it won't just be the candidates shopping for dollars, but independent political groups that can accept unlimited, secret donations from corporations or unions.
Here's some good news for people who work in broadcast television: the 2012 campaign season is ramping up, and it seems that your sector of the economy is about to be stimulated. By billions of terrible political ads!
Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.
Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.
Now that an entire week or so has passed, it becomes clear that this election was all about jobs and the triumph of shortsighted thinking over facing up to the long-range problems that threaten our future.