Yeah, well, the 2008 Republican nominee Dr. Sauerberg against Dick Durbin just wasn't conservative enough for all our fancies, so eww...don't we all feel so much better reading this today? After all, WE didn't put Durbin into office again last November, did we?
by Heritage Foundation's Hans A. von Spakovski
Sen. Richard J. Durbin's (D-IL) Fair Elections Now Act, introduced on Tuesday, purports to "reform" our political system by using public funds (tax dollars) to finance congressional campaigns. According to Durbin, it will "restore this democracy to its basic values."Odd, as I don't recall the Founding Fathers asserting a basic, democratic value of forcing taxpayers to fund political speech with which they disagree.
This bill would allow candidates to opt into a public funding program if they raised a minimal amount of money from home-state residents.This proposal resembles the current public funding program for presidential primaries.But serious White House contenders have recently eschewed that program because it provides nothing near the amount necessary to run a nationwide campaign. And there is no indication that the proposed program for congressional candidates would be any better.
The key difference between Durbin's congressional proposal and the existing presidential matching system is that the funding for the chief executive races is completely voluntary -- via taxpayer check-offs on tax returns.Durbin would fund his new program by taxing government contractors.
The rest is HERE. Read it and weep. Maybe we are as selfish and crass as Obama told the Turkish students we are...?