Back my nascent days of talk radio, I had a guest who was brimming with outrage over the powerful sway lobbyists have over the Marble Mafia and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This guest’s gripe was not just with your garden variety lobbyists, but with the icky “K-Street” variety that the MSM, OWS and EIEIO people and by proxy the rest of us are supposed to hate on spec. He dried up in a hurry when I asked him if the same sort of strictures he would place on K-Street lobbyists would be applied to the big union guys who were at the time enjoying a kind of revolving-door access to the West Wing. (I would have hit him up about Solyndra, and the rest of the green energy Edsels of the 21st century, but those had yet to come to light.)
Being for the moment, a card-carrying elephant, I get hit up during the election cycles for donations to one candidate or another. In September and October, my phone rang off the hook with calls from Robo-Romney asking for another $10, $15, $20 or $100. Now I work in radio, and as any radio guy will tell you, we get paid in baseball cards and carwash tokens, so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to throw enough cash around to influence a candidate to do anything, unless I need to him to stop stepping on my foot, or something.
Be that as it may, money makes the world go ‘round, and it gets people elected. Unless you are a certain democrat president, in which case you are also elected by people voting for you four or five times at a clip. But that is another story for another time.
Now in an election, you cast your vote and you takes your chances in the hope that whoever you are electing will take somewhat longer to disappoint you than the previous yahoo did. If you’re from Ohio like me, you just look and John Boehner and wonder if you can alter your birth certificate to show you were born in Texas. But beyond that, you can also in theory, donate to the political candidate of your choice