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"as elected officials are essentially -always- re-running for office"

That's the real issue. Without a cap on political spending, and even political advertisement, what you get is a perennial election campaigns, especially when most candidates know that their only chance of "living like the rich ones" is being (re)elected. In turn the advertisement and media industry found an incredible pool of gullible people ready to pay "whatever it takes" to get a seat.

Now spin doctors are probably the most paid consultants, well above experts in foreign policies, and health, financial, industrial, agricultural and scientific matters.

The target is being elected. Everything else doen't really matter.

Clever countries have strong limits to political advertisement and contribution. A country doesn't really need years long campaigns that stalls everything else. A couple on months, maybe only one, are fully enough - and it will curb expenses too. It's not that news have to travel using couriers on a horse....

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