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"Why should politicians be able to raise any more funds than they can earn as a salary while holding their position?"

Yikes, that would guarantee that incumbent politicians would be vulnerable to independently wealthy challengers. Even if every one of their constituents thought their Congressman was doing a great job and wanted to give him/her money to stay in office and keep solving problems, they couldn't do it.

"It would be great if we could somehoe (sic) equalize things a bit, perhaps setting a small maximum TV spending limit, for example."

This would guarantee that anyone with a high name I.D. before entering the race would have a huge advantage, since you are artificially constraining people's ability to deploy money to raise their profiles. On the bright side, it would provide us with a tremendous number of movie stars, sportscasters and other deep thinkers as our national leaders.

"TR never got reelected, but his face is on Mt. Rushmore along with other honorable Presidents."

A not-so-subtle feature of Teddy Roosevelt's political strategy was that he, as a person of privilege who grew up in coveted social circles, spent a tremendous amount of time courting the owners of newspapers and the American aristocracy at the time, which controlled the publication of "news." This tactic enable him to artificially raise his public profile, to the detriment of others. I wouldn't be so quick to hold him out as the champion of the little guy. Even though he was a tremendous personality.

"We have no one to blame but ourselves as stockholders, and ourselves as voters. If we don't hold the politicans and corporate executives accountable, who will?"

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