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  • Tuesday, November 23, 2004


    Compare and Contrast, Pt 2

    This is obvious but does anyone else think that it's strange for it to cost more money to run for a position than the position itself pays? Yes, there are other perks and other people donate money to the campaign but it still stinks to me. From
    The place to begin to understand American elections today is with the phenomenon that convinces most would-be candidates simply to forget the whole thing: the extraordinary cost of running for office. The cost of running -- and, more to the point, the cost of winning -- have soared to the point where people of ordinary means can barely dream of holding congressional office. In 1992, the average seat in the House of Representatives cost about $543,000 to win. The average seat in the United States Senate cost $3.9 million to win.

    And from
    The current salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $158,100 per year.

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