Taxpayers Waste $136 Million On Conventions
September 4, 2012 4 Comments
The madness in Charlotte begins tonight. For the sake of the Democrats I hope it’s air conditioned in the convention hall. If it isn’t, it might be to hot for Joe Biden to tell everyone about Obama’s great accomplishments. Thursday is Obama’s big speech at the Carolina Panthers stadium, Bank of America Field. Apparently the Democrats are going to bus in college students, black church members and union thugs from all over the Carolina’s in order to fill the stadium. They’re apparently nervous that Obama can’t pack a stadium anymore. I wonder how much cash and eats they’ll offer people.
Did you know that the Federal government is spending $136 million on the Republican and Democrat Conventions? That figure doesn’t even include secret service protection for the President, Vice President, the two GOP nominees or any of the members of Congress who receive protection. The money is handed over to both parties to do with as they please. Allegedly half the money is spent on security, not including the secret service protection of course. Still, that’s an awful lot of tax money to waste on these arcane political conventions. Let’s be perfectly honest, these conventions aren’t about nominating a President anymore. They’re a week long propaganda tool.
Mitt Romney received a modest bump in the Rasmussen poll, which as of Monday had him up 4. None of the other polls, most of which are registered voter polls as opposed to Rasmussen’s likely voter polls, showed any bump for Romney. What does this tell us? First it tells us that many registered voters didn’t pay attention to the Republican Convention last week. That isn’t surprising considering viewership was down by 8 million Thursday night. What it does suggest though is that likely voters did pay attention and they liked what Romney had to offer. Whether those people flip to Obama after his convention remains to be seen.
Obama isn’t going to pull more viewers than Mitt Romney. Democrats will tune in all three nights and undecided likely voters might tune in on Thursday. No one will watch on Wednesday when the opening NFL football game takes place between the Giants and Cowboys. Only around 20% of undecided voters will watch any portion of either convention, which largely makes these events irrelevant. As important as political junkies think conventions are when it comes down to the election itself they just aren’t that important anymore. We live in a different era. People might tune in to a real nominating convention where we don’t know who the nominee will be. But ordinary Americans aren’t going to tune in for a cynical week long propaganda party.
So while the GOP Convention was largely a success and the Democrats convention will likely be a disaster, it won’t matter very much come November. Our society has changed, we don’t care about political conventions anymore. The conventions themselves don’t matter. So that begs the question why we’re spending $136 million in tax money to fund these ridiculous propaganda events. If the parties want to pay for these events themselves, that’s their business. But taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook to fund these largely irrelevant parties.