I would like to throw down the gauntlet down as a challenge to all politicians who got elected. That challenge is to present a bill and get it passed that would limit how much any candidate's campaign can spend to get that candidate elected. Limits should be set for every office, from council, governor, senator — all the way up to president.
Allow candidates to raise as much money as they can, but they would have to present their positions based on the spending limits and donate the balance to charity. That would give voters two ways to evaluate the candidates — their ability to present their positions on current issues and the effective use of cash on a limited budget.
I am hoping that would stop the excessive junk mail, email, robot phone calls and advertising.
Along with the wasteful spending, the overload of half-truths used by most politicians to put up a smokescreen about their record or their opponents could be navigated with less confusion.
That would be a course of action that I would follow with interest. It might even encourage me to follow the first election to use such a format and then I could vote with hope for the future.
Tim Ricker, Auburn