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September 17, 2008 - LLee Janssen
It's incomprehensible to me the amount of money that is being raised for political campaigns. Millions upon millions of dollars are going to the cause of electing each of the major political parties' nominees to be the leader of a nation struggling to stay afloat amid a brewing economic storm. That money is funneled into television advertising in which pot shots are taken at the opposing side, yet what Americans by and large really need to see is where the candidates stand on the issues. And rather than deal with the issues head-on in a meaningful manner, the candidates and their colleagues in the Legislature are prone to finding tactics to provide shelter from the storm. Such is the case, for instance, when House Democrats Tuesday night passed partisan legislation that will provide political cover to vulnerable members of their caucus as opposed to the comprehensive, bipartisan, Peterson-Abercrombie bill that could provide real relief from mounting energy costs. It seems they like to play games with our lives. While we contemplate ways to shave costs so that our homes aren't freezing this winter, the politicians are strategizing over how to win their election battles and win control of Congress and the Presidency. And just look at how much money is involved, just in the presidential campaign:

That's a lot. How about the candidates for the 5th and the 10th Congressional Districts, which come together through Lycoming County. Here are their numbers, just through the end of June (it helps explain our local advertising, and watch out, because those slick ads have been known to win the war):

 Now consider, how much good could come if only that half a billion dollars was spent on shoring up our domestic weaknesses. Ah, a drop in the bucket ... how about passing the plate to that $5,000 a head dinner?


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