I live in Utah...I don't see political ads much at all. The only race that is even a contest is for our House Congressional seat. Jim Mathison (D) is challenging LaVar Christiensen (R). Mathison is about as popular as family after you won the lottery here. He only won by approximately 100 votes in 2004, so no one can tell my my vote doesn't matter. Even if I KNOW that Utah will swing republican for national elections, local matters (including house congressmen) are still decided by local voting.
In the end, I keep up with what is being said and done for my state and nationally and vote accordingly. If I don't know a local canidate it's pretty simple to look up their position in the local paper (the only good thing that has come out of our local paper for 2 years).
You gotta remember guys, politics is just like running a business. It takes money to get elected just like it takes money to make money. If your customers (voters) dont' bother doing their homework on what you (or your opponent) believe in then you have to advertise. If more voters would do their homework....
And contrary to popular beleif...thowing more money at the worlds problems won't solve them. There is only so much money can do. The money spent on charity and cure research dwarfs political contributions. Besides, a lot of that contribution money came from average citizens who wish to support their candidate. They are free to spend that money how they wish.
I think it is a complete waste of money!!
In some states (Aust) the canadates have to pay for it themselves, but i think federally it comes out of tax payers money!?!
Why not instead of shoving their faces in ours everywhere we look, why don't they just put laws in that we like instead and let us decided who we like based on what they have done, not by us seeing them everywhere..or by telling us we should
Like me for example, the only way for me to determine what I want to vote for here in California is only to listen to a local news/talkshow station whenever I could. It's hard for me to trust the ads on tv, because we all know they are all a bunch of half truths. One of the propositions we have here, is being widely support by most of the state's newspaper and organizations, but at the same time I heard some of these organizations have received some sort of payment etc.
i think the commecials are pointless. all they do is burn the other candidates and say things they support that are bad. i've only seen one commercial that states what the candidate is all about. it happened to be Herb Kohl for the surprise. these are also just Wisconsin sightings. so i ain't too sure what everyone else sees.
SO, do some research yourselves. Here in Utah the only political battles that get really ugly are the constitution amendments and state inititives. I've learned through hard experiance that you just have to go read the proposal itself and NOT just trust what is being said about it. Most of the time the people supporting/opposing it havn't even read it and are just talking about the "talking points". So, do the same with the commercials. Every senators vote is on record. You can go look up what your canidate belives by his voting record. You don't have to take anyone's word on it. And as a voter, it's your responsibility to do this. You have the responsibilty to first KNOW what it is you beleive on a subject. 2. Then you must study the issues and canidates to see who you are comfortable voting for. It really is that simple. You just have to be disiplined enough to do it. If you can't find the time to do the research then simply don't vote. I know it sounds harsh but it's how i really feel. If your going to vote you owe it to yourself and your country to KNOW what your actually voting on.Like me for example, the only way for me to determine what I want to vote for here in California is only to listen to a local news/talkshow station whenever I could. It's hard for me to trust the ads on tv, because we all know they are all a bunch of half truths. One of the propositions we have here, is being widely support by most of the state's newspaper and organizations, but at the same time I heard some of these organizations have received some sort of payment etc.
For those of you in California elections are on tuesday and go over what each propsitions says and how it effects you because what you chose will effect you