With pundits predicting the combined spending to win the White House in November will exceed $2 Billion, can we all now agree that politics has become a virtual function of money and power? It was reported today that Barack Obama has spent hundreds of millions on early campaign spots to "frame" Romney in a negative light as a "Big Money," "Big Corporation Favoring," Anti-Woman Arch-Conservative," "Off-Shore Jobs Provider" and now "Off-Shore Tax Evader" while Mitt Romney continues to spend hundreds of millions portraying Obama as a "Failed President," "Loser on the Economy," "Panderer in Chief," "Failed Apologizer" on and on. What folks don't seem to get is that the only "trickle down economics" at work in this campaign, is the fact that political campaigns are now more a function of how much money a candidate can raise and spend in media ads to defeat their opponents and the promises they have to make to those providing those fundraising dollars versus representing us, the American people who should be their primary and most important constituents. Now, all political campaigns are becoming a function of money and promises in return to those giving. When will the American people wake up and realize that our nation's problems cannot be solved when politicians sell themselves out to the highest bidders and once elected, give them access to help shape policy and legislation, regardless of how it impacts the rest of us? When will we realize that members of Congress make $175,000 a year in salary, but will spend millions to get the job. What kind of investment would the average American make to get this type of low paying return...unless there is a pot of gold at the other end. Same goes for the Presidency. $2 Billion is the going rate in 2012. What will it be in 2016, 2020? Is there no end to it all? When will Americans realize that the reins of power in our government are really at auction, bought by the higest bidder? Will it forever be a case of "show me the money?"
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Educator, Lecturer and National Award Winning Author. He is a recently retired adjunct professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.