Something else to worry about

With the holiday season upon us, most people are trying to avoid as many worries as they can, but things keep coming up. In the current economic crisis there is something troubling about the news that this year the cost of winning a Congressional seat reached a million dollars. Elections have been growing more expensive over the years, but the expense to the country of spending that much money on each Congressional seat–not to mention the cost of higher electoral offices–must affect giving to other causes. Donating money to a campaign is similar in most people’s minds to giving to a charity, so we can’t help wondering whether charities are suffering because people gave to candidates. Isn’t it time we gave more serious thought to public funding for candidates? If we are ever going to make it work, surely a time of economic distress is the time to do it.

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