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Time for publicly funded elections

March 22, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

When we retired and came to Florida one of the first things done was to apply for Florida License Plates. I asked for WWII plates and was shown the many service plates available but none for WWII veterans. I then wrote Tallahassee many times asking for recognition and gave up. Then lo and behold, last year a notice came out about a WWII Florida plate is now available. In the meantime I had found out that the government allowed vets that entered the service all the way up to Dec. 31, 1946, to lay claim to having served in WWII. This made me quite disgusted and I decided why apply for the Florida plate which was now available when almost any vet could lay claim. Friends insisted that I look into the plate now that it is available. I found that Florida DMV only issues the plate to us who actually served during WWII, namely the period beginning on Dec. 8, 1941, when Congress declared war on Germany and Japan to Sept. 2, 1945, the day that Japan signed the Surrender Document on the USS Missouri and not 15 months later. Needless to say I filled out the application with the backup information. Tallahassee received my application on Tuesday, called me to verify vehicle and address information Wednesday and I got the plate in Fridays mail. Yep, it got on my car Saturday morning. So yes, this WWII 60 percent disabled WWII combat vet is very proud to display my new plate.

Let me explain "trickle-down theory" my way. If you give tax breaks to the rich they will spend the money on: mansions (good), vacation homes (good), gardeners, servants, etc., (good), all the things that create jobs for Americans; foreign travel (not so good), and, eventually, they will spend money on elections (very bad). "We," (the little people) will also spend money on elections, and our $100 for president, $50 for Senate races, maybe $25 for Congressmen adds up to a fortune. But not the kind of fortune that buys access, influence, and lowers taxes for us. Our money goes into the Party Pot, to help convince people to vote for our side. They (the big donors) start with $1,000/plate dinners and get into the quadruple digits in donating the kind of money that gets them all the access, influence and tax breaks that we have just supplemented with our multitude of (puny) little donations So, not only do we (the little people) support the rich, we support the poor, and the handicapped. So, what to do? How to end this charade? Publicly funded elections. If we're ever going to get control of our government, we should stop all monies except those that we, the people, designate for elections. Added benefits will be; give them the money 60 days before the election, free speech isn't free. But free elections aren't free either. Take back the country.

Al Hofmann

Cape Coral



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