When our country first started, only free white male citizens who owned land could vote or become elected. Now, outside of Washington DC, all adult citizens who are not felons can vote, and it’s supposed to be that they can all become elected officials. Right? Then why are there so many very rich people in Congress?
NYC Mayor Bloomberg left the Republican party yesterday, probably because he plans to run for President. I like the fact that he knows the Republican party is dying and can never win in 2008, but I dislike the idea that he can possibly win BECAUSE he is willing to use hundreds of millions, possibly a billion!!! of his OWN MONEY!
He should have no more right to bypass the primary system and get into the highest public office than anyone else. Already a candidate has to have enough money that they don’t need to work at a regular job while they campaign, but no one should be able to buy the presidency.
The solution? Public financing of elections, like Arizona and Vermont already do.