Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00That leads me to the issue of dollars. The length of presidential campaigns means that staffs have to be paid for over a long period. It means the rental of office space goes on and on. Then, there is the cost of travel. If candidates and their staff members are on the road for over a year and a half the costs go through the roof.
While the total costs for the 2012 presidential election are today only estimates, the projected costs will amaze you. My research for this piece shows from $6 to $9 billion. Even if you take the lowest figures that comes down to an expenditure of around $35.00 for each potential voter in the United States.
Why do presidential campaigns have to start more than a year and a half before the election? In England, the elections are limited in time by law. The same is true for our northern neighbor, Canada.
This piece is not to put down the election of our next president. It is, however, to ask why so much time is needed to select candidates and hold the election?
What I would like to see is a time limit on the election process and even a restriction on the amount of money, which can be spent. It is true that our Constitution does not restrict the money a candidate can spend. A wealthy candidate can use as much of his or her personal money to finance a campaign as desired. That is also a little unfair. Wealth should not dictate who can succeed in the political process.
As for television coverage, it is too bad that the cable news channels cannot cut back on campaign coverage and focus a little more on other important news in the our society.
As I said in the title of this piece, the current political process is too much too soon!