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Campaign 2016: Part I (Buying Votes)

Updated on February 3, 2016
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Writer, editor, publisher Demas W. Jasper's articles on HubPages have had over 62,000 Views and 9,100 Comments on a wide range of subjects.

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It's that season of sweeping promises of Political Freebies that cost lots!

Senator Bernie Sanders (R/VT) has introduced legislation in the Senate "to foster family values." It doesn't appear coincidental that he has announced his candidacy for the office of president in 2016's election.

What would it cost (surely someone, you and I and many millions of Americans, would have to pay, in higher prices ad taxes) for every worker who has worked for an employer with 15 or more employees to be paid for two weeks of vacation every year?

The idea has merit, but as with most Senate ideas it would come with a cost.

Likewise there would be costs associated with his promotion of bills (and that's the operative word) to give seriously ill employees and a new parent 12 weeks of paid leave, along with a guarantee for most workers to have a minimum of seven paid days of sick leave each year.

If these bills come out of the Senate Finance Committee where Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican of Utah) is chairman, there will be vigorous debates....or else these ideas would have been approved long ago.

Keep your eyes and ears open between now and November 8, 2016. Many proposals will be floated under candidates' banners as Political Freebies without a stated cost or impact statement.

Tough choices, sensitive issues that might alienate any given segment of voters, and calls for citizens to sacrifice for the common good....well, keep your eyes and ears open for those too, but don't get your hopes up before January 2017's State of The Union Speech by the winning candidate.

Even then, don't get your hopes up too high, just keep on doing what you can do for your country once all the expensive promises of what your country could do for you have come face to face with fiscal reality.


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      Demas W Jasper 20 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Shirley,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Have a great day.

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      Shirley Keeler 20 months ago

      Interesting insight you have Demas! Thank you for your imput!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I am torn on what is fair and what is too costly to give workers. I worked in broadcasting when I was young, and local radio stations didn’t give sick leave. We were lucky to get five days vacation. I went to work many a day sick because I was a single parent with an almost deadbeat ex and had to have the money to support my two children. By the time I started working for corporations that did allow sick leave, I was so used to working sick that I had to be bedridden before I would use the time. I have since learned to appreciate the sick leave that we are allowed to build up.

      Having said that, I think expecting an employer to foot the bill for two or three months is excessive. Unless a person has actually earned the leave under a leave program, I would call that some kind of “forced welfare”. It is unfortunate when a family member gets sick and needs help, but having a child is usually a choice. I don’t see expecting your employer to foot the bill so a parent, especially the father, can stay at home for several months. Everyone has to make sacrifices, and that is just part of being a new parent.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I have written about the Super PACs before. Admittedly not this time around. In this one I want to start looking at what candidates say they will do with our money. We know what they can do with Super PAC money, such as the $10,000.000 one donor gave in 2012 that "single billfoldly" kept Gingrich's dead campaign alive.

      Watch and see, if any of the candidates have thought their promises through to tell us where the funds are coming from to pay for what they want to "give" us.

      The present rules of the game allow for the mega donors. Ignore the ads and flyers. For now look first at the candidates and their chosen tactics.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I thought I'd hear more about how the elections are being bought through donations by billionaires. I hope your next hubs cover that.