Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

The High Price of Support

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I just got done reading an article about a charity dinner to support county political party. The original price of the dinner was supposed to be $150 but because times are tough and the speaker is a celebrity it was bumped up to $250. In case you haven’t noticed, I am not wealthy. I spend most of my time advocating for Vets and I try to make my services affordable, because I want to help people. It hurts the bottom line but whatever.

Central Floridians are unemployed; they can’t afford to drop $250 bucks. Now I know what you’re saying. “Well then, just don’t go” should it really be like that though? The only certain power we have is democracy, the right to support our beliefs and elect our officials. I am one of the most politically active Vets in Central Florida but I can’t support my party because I am not wealthy. Oh, they will take my money, but sorry Frankie boy; you’re just not the kind of member we need on this particular night. Please do however remember to vote. Your still on the team, your just on the 2nd string.

I’m not unrealistic. Fundraising is the mother’s milk of politics (I’ve read over and over) and if I’m running a campaign, I’ll be collecting donations to get my person’s message out. If there is a candidate running that I like, I will do my best to give. Higher priced events like these are necessary evil and it’s Campaigning 101 to accommodate that “type” of supporter. The ones that will only eat filet mignon and drink the top shelf stuff. I don’t like it, but its reality. I will leave you with one question though.

Who wins this election? The candidate with 50 votes from the wealthy or the candidate with 5000 votes from unemployed and middle class voters?

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