Phil Roe, candidate for Congress, in the 1st District of Tennessee has placed 259,900. of his own money in the August Republican Primary. That is such a shame, considering, he is a credible candidate. His opponent, incumbent David Davis, says that people are tired of wealthy people trying to buy their way into office. Davis goes on and explains that getting money from PAC’s (political action committees) gives individuals a chance to have a voice in the political process. Are you kidding me? The first time Davis run in 1996 he used nearly a half-million of his personal funds. In 2006 he used 161K of his personal funds. Also, Davis reported that he received 259,824 from PAC’s in this current campaign. That’s about what you might expect for House incumbents with limited scruples on easy money.
PAC money for the most part is bribes. They are not a wholesome exercise of democracy and the electoral process by individuals as Davis suggests. I thought everybody knew that! Looks like Davis has opened up a “clown show”.
There’s a simple solution to the Roe’s of our world. Radio and television stations are licensed by the federal government. The pay a very token amount of money for that very special privilege; whose public service responsibilities are tantamount to effective democratic government. Therefore, radio and television stations should be MANDATED by the FCC to provide FREE air time for Congressional candidates. That mandate COULD BE fairly regulated.
In addition, radio and television stations should sponsor live debates, with or without candidates approval,for every election cycle.
The broken system, we now operate under oftentimes produces the least qualified candidate rather than the most qualified candidate.