Voting Them Off The Island

Forbes, the money publication, reports on who’s giving money to the Super PACs in hopes of affecting the upcoming elections so the flow of assets from the public purse into their pockets isn’t interrupted. Since there aren’t all that many billionaires, their donations, as reported to the Federal Elections Commission, are easy topics for lazy journalists. Having them aggregated in so-called Political Action Committees makes them even easier to track. Like the votive candles in a rack, donations attest to the devotion of the congregation. The Lord of Little Rock, Warren Stephens, worships at the altar of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC, to the tune of $350,000.

Given that’s a mere pittance from a billionaire, it might suggest that, despite Willard Romney’s characterization of them as “really scared,” the sense of insecurity banker Stephens and his cohorts may be trying to assuage is not all that great. But then, Romney’s still nattering about the economy getting worser and worser. So, perhaps his prognostications are not to be believed. He’s no Willard Scott.

That said, I think it’s good news that billionaires are sending some of their stash in the direction of the electronic media. Selling political candidates may seem tawdry, but they’re more entertaining and less filling than super-sized soft drinks and high carb snacks. Getting the American electorate hooked on politics might even be salutary in the long run.

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Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."