Campaigns are the new stimulus


A few weeks before the actual mid-term voting, candidates have spent almost 200 million dollars so far on 2010 campaigns.  Whether the money comes from anonymous donors, as many non-profits have done to support their preferred candidates with television and print advertising, candidates or the parties themselves, that’s a major stimulus.

Campaigns have a tendency to employ the unemployed in an election cycle.  Those people who come knocking at your door to ask what you think about the rising American debt and tax policy tend to be young, politically motivated and – you guessed it – unemployed.  Elections have a tendency to get people involved, and not just voters.  Political campaigns put people to work.

The flyers you receive in the mail?  Those were designed by teams, printed by third party companies, and distributed by yet another group of, most likely, non-partisan uninterested employees.  Even the television commercials and attack-ads take teams of people to create and reams of cash to finance.

Most people cringe at the idea of 200 million dollars being spent on elections when individual and national debt continues to rise, and the budget deficit allows for zero extra expenditure. This election cycle citizens can take comfort in the stimulus their yet-to-be-elected leaders are providing.

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