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What will a HALF BILLION DOLLARS in Political TV Ads Buy You? [163]

Updated on August 28, 2012



THIS EVENING, NBC NEWS PRESENTED THIS DISHEARTENING information regarding what Americans apparently find important. As of today, August 16, 2012, according to their estimate, the Romney and Obama campaigns, and their associated PACs, have spent $512 million on political TV ads. Imagine, a half a billion dollars wasted on mostly lies, half-truths, invective, hyperbole, and character assassination targeted at the remaining 5% of voters who have not made up their mind already in six or seven swing states. Simply unbelievable, isn't it.

The point the NBC news achor was making was what COULD that $512,000,000 bought? The NBC analyst came up with the following:

  • 9.2 million malnourished kids for 50 days or, as I would prefer looking at it, 1.3 million malnourished kids for a year, or
  • immunize 29millioin children for LIFE, or
  • provide clean water for 500 million kids for 40 days, or, alternatively, provide 54 million kids clean water for a year, or
  • buy 166 million anti-malarial mosquito nets

Yet, here we are letting all of this money being thrown into the toilet for a broken political process and in the name of a concept that a non-human corporation (or union) has a 1st Amendment right to have the expenditure of money considered speech and therefore begin the lobbying/bribing process long before a candidate is every elected to office.

Anyway, I thought I would get this posted before I forgot about it and to get at least one of you riled up.


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    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks HS. What amazed me was that was one of the earliest Supreme Court findings, that under US Law, corporations took on the standing of an artificial person. I don't know if they had in mind though the scope of that humanhood. Fortunately, I don't think it takes a Constitutional amendment to change that, just a refinement in the law establishing corporations and similar entities.

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Well said, My Esoteric. The Citizens United decision with corporate personhood was ridiculous. This torrent of campaign money is wasteful and dangerous. I wish there were a way of getting a more bipartisan court. You are right. This money could be used for so many more benficial things.

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      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks John. I am ashamed that it took the NBC report to make me think about it, but when I finally did, it made me sick.

      Romney is touting 23 million Americans out of work "who are looking for jobs". I think this is another lie, after have glanced at the numbers. In July, there are 13.6 million unemployed and disgruntled workers (those who stopped looking because they don't think they can find work). There are another 1.6 million who I call "marginally unattached" in my hub on the unemployment rate; those are people who recently quit looking but for other reasons, such as school, deciding to become housewives or househusbands, etc., but, might take a job if offered. Somehow I don't come up anywhere near 23 million and that is the whole UE pie. The next group are those who don't want to be in the job market in the first place, most of them for legitamate reasons (about 85 million).

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for the hub. All I can say is 'lies...damned lies'. The political climate in America is absolutely toxic at the moment. I am afraid I blame the Republicans more than the Democrats for this. They are so determined to defeat Barack Obama that no jibe is too low. Mitt Romney just tells outright lies and then cries that he is being attacked. The Democrats are not clean either. They are capable of outrageous attacks when they feel threatened. It is great that you are highlighting the irony of spending loads of money on misleading political ads when people are crying out for help.


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