20 Million dollars for a job ....

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Registered: 03-30-2007
20 Million dollars for a job ....
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 6:39pm

that pays... what.. $160,000 a year? No wonder our politicans are so screwed up. They can't do simple math.

John McCain spent $20,000,000 to run in a primary. WOW.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 6:56pm
He loves being a senator. If he wants to spend $20 million for the privilege, then he should. That said, I think that some other politicians are just rich people buying themselves an office. There were two such wealthy men in Florida in this election cycle. Jeff Greene who lost to Kendrick Meek in the Democratic senatorial primary there spent $23 million and Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for governor spent $39 million for his primary against Florida's Attorney General. Meg Whitman, former CEO of E-Bay has spent $99 million in her bid for governor of California. These people WANT these jobs and are willing to pay a bundle to get them.

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Registered: 03-30-2007
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 7:12pm
Wow! This is very hard to wrap my brain around. I guess that's why I don't buy lottery tickets. To me, it's like flushing money down the drain.
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Registered: 04-09-2007
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 7:55pm

Yep, and it's one of the 99 million reasons I'm not voting for Meg Whitman.


I imagine someone who wants that much to buy their way into office expects a heck of a lot in return.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 8:29pm

Could be...but it also could be that she feels the need to contribute in some way. Michael Bloomberg put a boatload of money into his own campaigns over the years. He just doesn't want to ride of silently into the night. He wants to have mattered (in the political sense). I personally don't care much for Whitman from what news clips I've heard of her speeches, but maybe she's not doing this with the expectation of getting something back. I feel the same way about McCain. He doesn't need the money, and he could just as easily retire and watch the sunsets from one of his mansions. Instead, he wants to be part of the political process. I used to like some of the stances he took. I don't anymore, but I think he needs to matter.

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 12:12am

It sounds alot like buying a seat to me....

 

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 12:27am

It is buying a seat. It is just simpler for a really wealthy person to buy the seat using his/her own money than to go out and spend months on end at fundraisers. We do have the best democracy that money can buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Democracy-Money-Can-Globalization/dp/0452283914

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