Independent expenditures present a big ethics problem in American politics. They introduce unlimited financial influence, from just a small number of extremely wealthy people, into federal elections. The sources of the money are often not disclosed at all, and when they are, the disclosure is delayed, so that voters can’t know who paid for the propaganda that’s flashed before their eyes.
Sometimes, in addition to reflecting the dirty corruption growing within American politics, independent expenditures expose the ideological inconsistencies of political action committees.
Take, for example, the independent expenditures made over the last couple of days on behalf of the Rick Santorum for President campaign. The expenditures were made at a place called Tubby’s Tank House.
With a name like that, can you guess what kind of food is served at this restaurant? Yes, that’s right – it’s no health food joint. A review written just three weeks ago describes the food at Tubby’s Tank House as “just fried everything and it all tasted the same.”
The Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee that describes its agenda as “pro-life”, paid for political campaign workers to go stuff their mouths with Tubby’s fried foods yesterday… and then come back again today and stuff themselves with fried foods all over again.
Does that sound pro-life to you?
Apparently, what “pro-life” means is that fertilized eggs get full human rights, but people are encouraged to go ahead and take the fast track to a heart attack after they’re born.