In a perfect world, our nation’s political systems and processes would be super simple. Candidates for office would engage in a vigorous debate on the issues at hand, and then voters would head to the polls to select who they feel is the best person for the job. Results would be tallied, winners would be declared, and everyone would move on with their lives.
Come to think of it, that’s basically how our system is intended to work. Unfortunately, it has evolved into anything but a simple process. Money is one of the things that insures things go along anything but smoothly. Oftentimes, it’s the cold hard cash that is the determining factor in things, as the candidates that have the most money to play with have more ammunition on hand to encourage the stars to align just right for them.
Billionaire Tom Steyer has been a source of a lot of the cash that’s being thrown around the political arena on a willy nilly basis these days, and he’s planning to open up the coffers even more as midterms approach.
The Daily Caller explains:
Steyer, together with his wife, has given over $42 million this midterm election cycle to Democrats and other progressive causes, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That sum makes him the most prolific Democratic donor by far, and the second highest political donor across the partisan spectrum, behind Republican booster Sheldon Adelson. Beyond supporting various Democratic campaigns and initiatives, Steyer has used his millions to spearhead two of his own campaigns: NextGen Climate Action and Need to Impeach.
However, Steyer isn’t finished yet.
Steyer is reportedly set to spend another $16 million in a last-minute campaign push before the Nov. 6 elections, according to a Steyer aide who spoke with CNBC. A large chunk of Steyer’s donations also have gone toward an enormous get-out-the-vote effort. His GOTV campaign is largely targeted toward young adults, a demographic group that typically doesn’t show up to the polls in large numbers.
Hmmm. So why is Steyer in such a giving mood? If you listen to him spin it, the reasons are purely altruistic and noble.
“We have 4 million people who we’re in contact with every day,” he said to a local California news outlet Thursday. “We’re going to send out over 1.5 million hand-written letters to them asking them to vote.”
“We strongly believe this is a group of people who are passionate, knowledgeable, engaged, don’t trust the system and haven’t felt that their vote mattered. Our whole goal is to engage them so that they realize that it’s not their vote, but it’s their generation’s vote that will change everything,” the California Democrat said.
The reality is vastly different. Steyer has a specific liberal agenda that he wants to see implemented, and he’s going to do whatever he can to influence opinion to make it happen. Why else would he be buying up so much air time across the nation to get the word out?
While we do understand that it’s his money and he can do as he wishes with it, doesn’t it come off as at least slightly fanatical to spend such an inordinate amount of cash in a bid to influence others? This isn’t the first time he’s done it either. As the Daily Caller explains, he spent over $91 million on the 2016 elections and more than $75 million in 2014.
If Steyer was backing candidates that actually had a message that people willingly bought into without being beaten over the head, would he need to spend such a ridiculous sum of money? That’s food for thought for the billionaire donor, as well as for anyone naive enough to think he’s actually doing this for anything resembling altruism.
Steyer wants what he wants, and he will buy it if he can. The concept of the best person winning is a completely foreign one to him. Perhaps he’ll be told in no uncertain terms at the ballot box that there are scores of folks out there who still prefer the system the way it was intended to be.