9 November 2014 - Finally, It’s Over

Finally, another election is history, and after months of campaigning to get out the vote, it looks like the voter turnout was the lowest in decades. A professor in Florida estimated voter turnout at 37%. If that is the case, it is the lowest since 1942 when we had just become involved in World War II. Compare that 37% to the 85% of voter turnout earlier this year in Scotland in the separation from England referendum. That’s the bad news.

The good news is with the election over, no more negative TV commercials (they seemed to be worse than ever this year), no more late night robo-calls with candidates asking for my vote, and no more promises to cut my taxes, create more jobs, make me wealthy and keep my country strong.

So, when I am elected king of the United States, here’s how I will change our election agenda.

The campaign will begin three months before election day and there will be a limit on the amount of money that can be spent by and on behalf of candidates at national, state and local levels.

Election day will be a national holiday, so work will not interfere with the obligation to vote. Failure to vote without a legitimate excuse will incur a fine.

$10,000.00 will be deducted from a candidate’s campaign fund every time he or she runs a negative ad and it will be given to a local food pantry. Every campaign fund-raising dinner that charges 10, 20 or $50,000.00 a ticket will donate half of the proceeds to food pantries. That would deal directly with one of the problems facing many Americans today.

Now if you believe any of this could happen, then I’d like to talk to you about a bridge I have for sale in Brooklyn. The campaign for the 2016 Presidential election has already started and billions of dollars will be spent by candidates across the country over the next two years. This year in Illinois, the two candidates running for governor spent a combined total of $96-million campaigning for a job that pays an annual salary of $177,000.00.

Can any of this be changed? Not a chance if we can only get a little more than a third of eligible voters in this country to go the polls and if voters don’t take the time to research candidate qualifications. That’s your job and my job, and if you didn’t vote, you just lost your right to complain about what’s happening in this country.

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