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1. Politicians would not be in the pockets of rich individuals or corporations when deciding what’s best for the people
2. Voters would have to watch debates, read up on the candidates and otherwise become more infomed to make their voting decisions. Less informed voters would either have to get informed, or pass & not vote, which would be one less un-informed vote
3. Less chances of voters deciding based on slick advertising campaigns, which are notoriously deceptive anyway. People shouldn’t be picking their candidate the same way the pick their laundry detergent, should they?
4. We would do away with an insane waste of money which could be better used just about anywhere else
5. We wouldn’t have to listen to campaign ads 24/7 or deal with road sign pollution.
Just a little theory of mine. What are your thoughts?
That’s my theory, but I’ll let you share it:
One of the greatest atrocities in the U.S. is that our "elected" officials can be swayed by campaign financing from lobbyists of large companies with a vested interest (cigarette, automakers, banks, pharmaceutical, defense contractors, you name it). If they give a large enough amount of money to a senator’s campaign, you KNOW that senator will be "inclined" to vote in favor of any bill that will favor that company or industry.
If you agree that "pay-to-play" is not fair, write your federal Congressmen, and the President, and ask them to sponsor a bill to restrict campaign contributions from any single person or company (maybe 0?) . To enact this, one alternative might be for the government to give anyone who wants to run a set amount of money (say million for a congressional seat and million for President). Then they would all have the same amount of money to spend on advertising, and not be beholden to anyone for votes.
Also, term limits (maybe 12 years) on Congressmen would prevent them from becoming so powerful and potentially corrupt.
Or, does anyone have a better idea?
Saturday the Ask, Listen, Learn team headed up to Boston, Massachusetts for the New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College.
The three-hour long event was comprised of women’s and men’s heats and pole vaulting challenges with competitors from around the world. It was truly amazing to see the winner of the Men’s One Mile Run, Russell Brown, representing USA, finish the run in 3:54.81!
Along with the men’s and women’s runs, Lindsay Crevoiserat on the New England Team completed the Girl’s Junior Mile in 4:52.60 and Miles Schoedler on the Visiting Team ran the Boy’s Junior Mile in 4:16.92. All of the runners made it look easy but we know it takes hard work, dedication, and of course saying “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking to achieve greatness like that!
We were especially excited to watch the Ask, Listen, Learn Youth Relay. Six teams competed in this relay, with Cambridge Jets taking the top spot with a time of 1:48.42. Waltham TC took second place with a time of 1:52.66.
Before the event, we were happy to pass out goody bags full of our materials and help kids play our Xavix game with middle schoolers and parents pouring in to the athletic center. We look forward to seeing even more of you at USA Track and Field events later on this year, but in the meantime, please enjoy our slideshow!