Barriers a little too low to run for public office?

Politics by on July 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm

It costs a mere $1600 to be listed on the WA primary ballot for Governor or US Senator and receive a full-page in the voter pamphlet mailed to everyone of the 4.3 Million registered voters. For those calculating, that $0.37 CPM is still 5x as expensive as advertising on Facebook, but that is nothing in comparison to newspaper rates.

Alternatively, you can collect 1600 signatures. I think I’d prefer solely requiring the signatures.

Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s pamphlet:

“Goodspaceguy wants Orbital Space Colonization to be one of the great tasks for our new 21st Century. Through NASA, we have already paid the necessary money for the start of an Earth orbiting space colony, but our leaders have not been educated in orbital space colonization, and, therefore, they have wasted and are wasting much money.” - Goodspaceguy Nelson, Candidate for US Representative
“I rise to defend the moon and stars, the air we breathe, the oceans and the rivers, the plants, and all living things upon this our Mother Earth… and you… and your children… and your sacred poem… before the salmon die, before the birds stop singing; before the bees forget how to fly.” - Mark Goldman, Candidate for US Representative
“Coercive Income tax on wage is a blatant injustice. The IRS has no code to require a wage-earner pay tax on his wages. Income tax is voluntary and stated so in its manuals. There is no IRS law saying wages are income”…”Ask your Senator to introduce a Bill to review 9/11 Press for Truth documentary. I propose these actions to correct injustices. With your help our proposals flower. Combined, with God’s help, our union can become tranquil again.” - Al Schaefer, Candidate for US Representative
“Our governor must convene a Climate Emergency session of the legislature now to enact emergency World War II-type laws: - Divert Boeing to manufacture of solar and wind power equipment” - Duff Badgley, Candidate for Governor
Finally I would like to sound the alarm, that AIPAC and other Jewish Zionist Lobbies who represent less than 2% of American People are using the United States through their mighty power in the News Media, Financial Institutions, Hollywood and Entertainment Industry, Both Political Parties, Congress and the White House as Proxy to wage war against any country perceived to be threat to Israel, like in Iraq.
I’m all for an open democracy, but the bar might be a little too low…

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