The same week that the United States debt will hit 16 trillion dollars--with no end in sight--comes word of a far less hefty but equally alarming dollar figure.
You may have thought that Republicans and Democrats pay for their own conventions, what with all the millions--hundreds of millions--raised by both parties and their associated Pacs.
If you thought that, you would be only partially right. No less that 136 million dollars of taxpayer money is going to fund the two conventions.
Certainly I can't be the only person who thinks this is an out and out OUTRAGE.
In fact, if anybody believes this is an acceptable use of taxpayer money, let me know.
For 20 or 30 years, the conventions have been totally meaningless as far as selecting candidates is concerned. They are little more than expensive dog and pony shows staged with great fanfare to give the two parties temporary boosts in support.
We the taxpayers should not be paying for these public relations extravaganzas.
We shouldn't have paid for them when they actually meant something.
We certainly shouldn't be paying for them now.
136 million dollars is truly only a drop in a 16 trillion dollar deficit, and pols from both parties certainly are guilty of foisting this outrage upon the American public, but that doesn't make it right.
It's virtual theft of taxpayer monies, enough to make our founders take another roll in their graves.
Make it stop!