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Cost of a Vote, by Levi Yoder

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I slightly edited Levi Yoder's email and post it here as a relevant diary. I add this from my own website, danielgeery.com: I suggest that you view the $$$ signs that other politicians boast about as a direct reflection of how far these folks have gone in selling out any principles they may have had--and how far they're willing to go in working against your interests.

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In the U S in 2008, $5,300,000,000 total was spent on all election campaigns. Of this $2,400,000,000 was spent for the presidential election, garnering 132,618,580 votes. This comes out to about $18.00 per vote.

 

This year, it is estimated that about $6,000,000,000 will be spent on all election campaigns, of which about half, $3,000,000,000 will pay for the battle between Obama and Romney. Assuming there will be 240 million eligible voters and a 56% turnout in 2012, 134,400,000 votes will be cast at a cost of roughly $22 per vote.

 

In most first world democratic countries, they practice sanity and justice, electing by popular vote, from a roster of multiple candidates. The cost? Between $2 and $4 per vote.

 

Logic suggests the U S does not function as a democracy, but as an insane and unjust plutocracy. Our founders even built into the election system the idea of an Electoral College, able to override and nullify the popular vote (peasants cannot be trusted to vote intelligently or rationally, of course).

 

A century old rumor has it that America is the true semblance of democracy in action. Unfortunately, most Americans believe this and continue to participate in the hoax (watching videos of George Carlin on YouTube brings this vividly into focus).

 

The elite are delighted to have a deluded population playing their game. Mass ignorance, apathy, and resignation are invaluable characteristics, essential for the continued reign of the elite.

 

 

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In my run for U.S. Senate against Utah's Orrin Hatch, I posted many progressive ideas and principles that I internalized over the years. I'm leaving that site up indefinitely, since it describes what I believe most members of our species truly want: (more...)
 
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