Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Than Diet Coke and McDonald's

At a time when money is hanging over everyones' minds, the fiscal sword of Damocles, I'd like you to ponder on something.

Barack Obama is spending more on the half-hour ads he's running tonight than Diet Coke and McDonald's spend on advertising: two of the largest consumer companies worldwide.

This is my simple question: is it inconsistent, or even unethical, to spend that much record-breaking money on political infomercials when it could be spent on child health clinics, or nets to protect people from malaria, or for senior citizen health care, or for better compensation for our troops and their families, or on cancer research?

Just wondering.


Anonymous said...

YES, it's inconsistent, unethical and also shows a very cynical mindset, i.e. that he who spends the most money can "buy" the presidency....Mom

vanilla said...

--or consider the tv ad in which 'he' promises the nurse a thousand bucks, while the opponent will only give 150. Buying votes?
Inconsistent, unethical, cynical?
Indeed. And unfortunately in today's America, effective.

Unknown said...

I totally agree with you. I think it's just ridiculous how much in total is spent on the campaign - there are so many better things that many could be spent on. I just end up tuning out the commercials, and throwing away the mail - a total waste of money.