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Thank God, it's over! The megathon campaign of 22 months. Can you imagine, 22 months of political rhetoric; "words just words." Haven't we heard it all before: This is the most important election of the century; no new taxes, I promise; don't believe the other guy; God bless America; blah blah blah.

And in the end, we, the people, carry the brunt of their empty words. I believe in our American democratic process. It is unique and a model for freedom-loving countries. I am more troubled how politicians have distorted and abused it. Twenty-two months and $2 billion. Wouldn't it be nice if we got a guaranteed leadership for that much money? Heck, today you can buy almost anything and get a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product. Hmmmm, now there is a thought.

Personally, I don't want to be subjected to another megathon, purse-busting, empty-worded campaign in just two short years. So, here is a suggestion. By law, presidential candidates cannot begin campaigning sooner than eight months out from the election date. Eight months should provide plenty of time to crisscross the country and spew their promises of "change." Each candidate would have an equal and exact spending cap. Let's say $80 million each.

The campaign in itself would become a real-time test of time management and fiscal responsibility for each candidate. We, the people, get to evaluate and grade their performance within those parameters. An educated vote, imagine that!

Tony Barone

Laurel

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