May 21, 2004

How's December Sound?

Yahoo! News - AP: Kerry Considers Delaying Nomination

BOSTON - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) is considering delaying accepting his party's nomination to gain time to raise and spend private contributions and lessen President Bush (news - web sites)'s multimillion-dollar financial advantage, The Associated Press has learned.

Can we call McCain-Feingold a "mulligan" and try again? I opposed campaign finance "reform" early on on constitutional/free speech grounds, but the lameness and insane consequences of this bad law surprise even me.

Posted by jk at May 21, 2004 02:21 PM

Allow me to suggest a "reform" of campaign finance rules: Everyone gets to spend however much money he can raise on his own, including PACs who raise money on a candidate's behalf. Not one dime of taxpayer extortion will be given to any first, second, twelveth tier candidate. It's called the free-market and it cannot be improved upon by any amount of well-intentioned "tweaking."

Posted by: johngalt at May 23, 2004 05:01 PM

Amen. I would also add transparency: publish the names of all donors. Too much government for you?

Posted by: jk at May 23, 2004 09:27 PM

Fair enough, so long as no bureaucracy is required to "regulate" or "enforce" said disclosure. The legislature may codify it and the courts may enforce it.

If I were President I would make Al Gore's 1992 pledge to "reinvent government" a genuine reality. If the congress didn't go along with directives to completely de-fund all the regulatory agencies and other self-justified bureaucracies then I'd set a new world record for vetoes. Can you say "4-year government shutdown?"

Posted by: johngalt at May 24, 2004 11:05 AM

-- it sure wouldn't be eight!

Ha-ha, but I am serious. There is not a plurality vote in this country for sharply reducing the size of Government. The Demagogues who want more government and their pals in the media would make President Galt's life pretty tough I'm afraid.

But you have my vote anyway.

Posted by: jk at May 24, 2004 12:12 PM
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