Monday, November 15, 2010

The High Cost of the 2010 Political Compaign

It's been a while since my last post.  I've been involved in my book release.  Thanks to everyone who came to the reading on Sunday!

I've been thinking about the November 2 election for quite a while now. According to some reports, the congressional campaign of 2010 will cost an estimated 4 billion dollars.  I started thinking about what that money might buy.  These are estimates, of course. Here's what we could buy in the United States:

•tuition to college for over 100,0000 students for four years
•construction of 30,000 houses in the Midwest (houses, not apartments)
•a year's salary for 100,000 teachers in the United States
•a year of food for ½ million families of 4 in the United States
•a pair of glasses for 2 million people in the US (and that's assuming a pair costs $200 -- we can assume much less for  basic, non specialized glasses.)
• almost a million basset hound puppies.  (Okay, a silly statistic, until you think: what would make you happier when you see reports of Washington?  100 senators or almost a million bassets?)
•200 million books for elementary school children
• 750 elementary schools, built at union rates

Okay.  I could go on and on.  And research and research.  Just look at these figures without your political lenses.  Whether you are Republican or Democrat, these numbers are pretty intriguing, aren't they?

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