- Dan Jennings
- Hagerman, NM
- United States
Teacher design and technology, Hagerman Municipal Schools
Shift political campaigns from spending money on self promotion/mudslinging instead on funding social programs.
Unqualified estimates put US spending on citizens running for political office at between $2 billion to $5 billion each year (http://www.quora.com/How-much-total-money-is-spent-on-political-campaigns-in-the-U-S-every-year).
Could the money be spent instead of on robocalls, TV slam ads, bus tours, etc on better things?
What if campaign funds were used instead to fund social programs...like Medicaid, Habitat for Humanity, the ASPCA, food pantries, homeless shelters, dependency recovery, tutoring, and the like? Programs would get an amazing contribution. Media would cover the events, so politicians could still get facetime there. Government could make an exit from funding many social programs themselves. A $2 billion inflow of funds each year.
What would be the good, the bad....and the ugly that could come from this change?