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).
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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.