The winner of the current campaign for senator from Arizona is certain to be a very wealthy individual. The libertarian has no hope of winning, given the multimillion dollar campaigns required.
Each enters his campaign following a career of high financial achievements over the past several decades, and the winner will undoubtedly increase his personal worth over the next six years, during his career as our second senator.
While one candidate speaks glowingly of his many years in Congress, the other speaks of his successes in the private sector. We citizens have made each career financially successful.
If the incumbent is elected, we will continue to pay (as we have during his extensive public career) whatever salaries the members of Congress award themselves (increases traditionally are passed by a secret vote at 11:45 p.m. in the closed session immediately proceeding a recess) and furnish all sorts of unspoken-of tax-free perks members award themselves, including a fully-funded retirement plan conservatively valued at many millions of dollars. We will pay all expenses for his offices in Washington and Arizona, together with his regular transportation expenses to and from.
Directly or indirectly, we are paying for his campaign expenses, few if any of which will come from his own pocket.
For the other, we the public have contributed indirectly by buying from the merchants who rent the properties he has successfully developed. The ties between we-the-public and his financial success are less apparent, but undoubtedly include a host of tax-avoiding maneuvers designed by the representatives we've elected to Congress and the Arizona Legislature (and the lobbyists which feed them). He spends a sizable amount of his personal net worth on his campaign, in part to balance his not having any experience as an elected public official.
One's achievements are under the cloud of a "Pork-supported Federal Bureaucracy"; the other's from the "American Way -- Free Enterprise System." Aside from the prejudicial glow, each system is one that the general public has always supported -- and criticized. Fortunately, neither candidate has any apparent significant personal defects, though each has enough frailties to classify him as a typical Arizona male.
No wonder the polls show them running neck-to-neck. Too bad we can't elect -- or reject -- both.
Carroll M. Elmore, Payson