Public Money for Party Purposes

Several members of the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Bob Casey (D-Stupid), have asked the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide $100 million for security at the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer.

And The Curmudgeon says nuts to that.

Political conventions, you see, are party functions, not public functions. So why should the public pay for them? If the parties want to have parties they should pay for them themselves. This is a theme The Curmudgeon has addressed before: elected officials spending taxpayer money for political activities.

Come to think of it, why do they need conventions at all? The last time The Curmudgeon can recall that a nomination wasn’t completely sewn up before a convention was in 1976, when Ronald Reagan still had a theoretical chance to wrestle the Republican nomination away from Gerald Ford.

And before that?

1960 and the Kennedy nomination – maybe.

Was there any drama in 2012? Was there any chance the nominees weren’t going to be Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? So why have a convention?

conventionIf the parties want conventions, by all means, they should go ahead and have them.

But if they want to throw themselves a big party they should do it with their own money and not ours.

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