It looks as if Hurricane Sandy is going to hit pretty hard, and there will probably be power outages, blackouts, and perhaps even news media companies which are down. Interestingly enough the mainstream media has made a tremendous amount of money on political ads during this 2012 election season. Probably enough to have those companies make a profit this year. That would sure be a change of venue, as there have been more and more mergers of newspapers, and less than stellar performance for cable TV networks, as the Internet takes its toll.
Still, I have a question; if Hurricane Sandy hits all the power companies and news media companies, and if they’ve already collected prepaid campaign advertising dollars, but are unable to play those advertisements, then they should refund the money. Now then, in mid-October it was noted that Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign and President Obama’s campaign together had spent over $2 billion. That is an all-time record in the history of the world for any election. That money obviously could’ve been spent for better things.
Is my sincere belief that if President Obama had lived up to his campaign pledges, taking care of the jobs and unemployment, and not spent us into oblivion adding $5 trillion to the US debt, that he could easily get reelected spending very little if any money, and not having to endure any close challengers. Due to these failures, he now has to spent $1 billion to defend his failed policies. Now then, there will be a winner and loser in this election, and the loser will have wasted $1 billion. Do you see that point yet?
Many have said; that money could have been better spent on cancer research, hiring teachers, or retraining workers for future jobs. Instead, that money got wasted in advertising telling us that they approve this message. But what sort of message is that sending to our children? That we can blow money in elections playing a popularity contest when we have real needs here at home. I don’t like it, and neither do many Americans.
Now then, I propose that all the Political Action Committees (PACs) and the campaigns themselves demand the money back from the media companies that were unable to deliver those messages for whatever reason due to the last minute Hurricane Sandy. Then I would ask those paying for the advertisements to graciously have that money sent from those media companies to nonprofit groups.
That would be the right thing to do. Personally, I don’t feel it is right to barrage the American people with BS, which most of these political advertisements are, and this would be a way to apologize to the American people and do something good for a change. Please consider all this and think on it.