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the sheer amount of money in American politics amazes me. Here in Germany, which is no small country, the largest parties maybe spend 20 million over an entire election cycle. And the discrepancy to the small parties is maybe 10x or so. And I find that obscene already

The Bloomberg numbers shocked me too. 400 million or something before the general election has even started, you could probably feed tens of thousands of starving children with that kind of cash, and they're blowing it on TV ads

Corruption is mainstream in the US. People don't appreciate how bad the situation is when money can buy politicians and subvert the majorities interests. It seems dramatic to say, but it's like a waking nightmare to me, seeing this in what I used to think was a country of high principles.

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