I can't sleep, so in light of all of the "which party will prevail" stories, here are my rambling thoughts on government waste. Specifically political campaign spending.
I think the existing campaign process is wasteful and fiscally atrocious. In the last Presidential campaign, nearly a billion dollars were spent. That could obliterate poverty in Appalachia. Eradicate homelessness in urban areas by building more shelters Personally, I think each political candidate should be required to make ‘pizza stops’. Each campaign stop, both candidates make pizzas that they think that particular region would enjoy. Vegetarian, pepperoni, Hawaiian, stuffed crust, whatever they think by talking to the constituents beforehand.
They have a modest budget, like say $500 dollars to make 75 pizzas which are served in a blind taste test. Whoever makes the most highly regarded pizza by individual vote, wins that pizza primary. If the pizza is made with cheap ingredients or if the pizza goes over budget, we know that candidate has no fiscal policy. If the service is slow, we can see they have no managerial skills or domestic policy. What kind of oven do they prefer, are they making sure the kitchen is sanitary? That’s your environmental policy. Are they willing to share recipes or ingredients with their opponent? Are they criticizing the other pizzas without tasting them? That’s your bipartisan
In the last Presidential campaign, nearly a billion dollar was spent. That could nearly obliterate poverty in Appalachia. A billion dollars could create homeless shelters or fund low cost housing and back to work programs, nearly eradicating homelessness in urban areas. A billion dollars could fully fund over 4,300 food banks across the country, so that no child ever has to go to bed hungry. A billion dollars could provide a one year college tuition credit of $25,000 for 40,000 students. Just something to think about when politicians authorize $297 million for an Army blimp that flew only once in 2011 or Covered California, the state's healthcare exchange that spent $250 million to advertise itself. That could have provided over $6 million dollars to each CA resident in an interest bearing healthcare account, eliminating the need for health insurance entirely.
Just my thoughts for this evening.