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  1. Mendacity of Hope

    September 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Cut spending! of campaign finance, in order to undo most of the fascism in TV broadcasts.

    Past pretenses of ‘campaign finance reform’ address only the fundraising (income) side of financial ledger. Totally toothless.

    CUT SPENDING in campaigns this way: A ban on broadcast politics paid ads, same as there is a ban on broadcast cigarette paid ads.
    Obviously it is legal to ban specific broadcast ads, since broadcast cigarette ads are banned. Specific products don’t get ‘free speech.’
    Let them use print advertising, as cigarettes do. Politics can buy any newspaper ads, columns, billboards, lawn signs, bumperstickers, and big decals on NASCAR racers, etc. Just NO broadcast.

    When a candidate cares to present his or her politics, fine, just write it out in black&white and make the case.
    Print material hardly influences illiterates and pre-schoolers, people who can’t read.
    Quite qualitatively different from broadcast human voice or sound effects which scare the bejeezus out of politically partisan 2- and 3-year olds.

    Ban political broadcast ads for the same 2 reasons we ban cigarette broadcast ads.
    1) The product is addictive. (politician hate speech; hate-fueled adrenaline surge is addictive)
    2) The product is a public health menace and debility, no different that it is mental health instead of pulmonary health.

    Candidates would be relieved of the effort to raise immensed campaign funds … which only go to buy broadcast ads; (the ‘outgo’ side of the ledger — the side of campaign finance that most needs ‘Reform’ and is not even looked at).
    And we could stop the bogus ineffectual auditing of everywhere campaign funds come from — it don’t matter if someone inherited Big Billions from Daddy Warbucks or robbed a bank, because they can’t spend it on TV ads.

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