Every election season we are buried in glossy mailers and bombarded by TV ads. I don't even live in a state where there are any significant contests for higher offices and yet I am surrounded by pitches for and against this and that.
Think what this must feel like in areas where close contests are being fought out: Wisconsin or Iowa, for example.
All this costs candidates and the "committees," whether independent or party-affiliated, a pretty penny. (Yes, raising the $$ is certainly corrosive and corrupting of democracy.)
David S. Joachim reports that interested parties are on track to spend some $4 billion on this year's election.
That's a lot of money! But it is important to keep the sum in perspective:
Is this disparity representative of what matters to most of us? Actually, I don't think so. But I do think most people have more idea how to celebrate Halloween than are able to imagine ways of participating more actively in their democracy.