How Not to Spend $50 Million

Who among us has not imagined spending a large sum of money? Usually we think of whatever uplifts us or whatever we think will bring us everlasting joy. Rarely does anyone think about how not to spend $50 million.

Lots of things are happening today. As always, some are far more important than others. Today’s election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ranks low on the importance list.

Not very many months ago I could have asked a whole lot of people whether Georgia even had a 6th Congressional District. The cleverest would have thought about the size of various states and backed in to an answer. California huge definitely at least six. New York the same. Vermont small probably not six. Wyoming the same. Where is Georgia? Yeah definitely. Georgia must have at least six.

It actually has 14 but almost nobody needs to care. They have to be taught to care and therein lies a problem. Programmed might be a better word that taught.

Elections don’t generally happen in June and this one is only happening because Tom Price, who represented the district for 12 years, was appointed to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Not surprisingly for an appointee in the Trump administration, Price is a Republican, and his former congressional district located north of Atlanta and shaped faintly like Texas leans that way too. In terms of education Georgia’s 6th is ranked well in the top ten in the entire country finishing ahead of the Massachusetts district that includes Harvard.

The contestants to succeed Price are Karen Handel, a Republican and Jon Ossoff, a Democrat. Ossoff is taller and the taller candidate often wins. He is 30 and makes documentary films. She is more than 30 and is a veteran Georgia Republican.

It might have seemed extraneous to say that Price represented the District for 12 years but in the House of Representatives, where seniority is key, his tenure would have put him in the top third.

Guess where the Handel – Ossoff winner will rank in seniority.


It could be a decade before the winner is ever heard from again.

Guess how much money is being spent on the race.

Surely the headline tipped you off — $50 million. This is the most expensive House race in our entire history. I doubt the record will last long.

So, what are we buying with that $50 million? Control of the House perhaps? Nope the Republicans have 239 seats and the Democrats have 194. Two are vacant. With 435 seats in total this win or loss will not change control.

How about the differences between Handel and Ossoff? Could they be worth $50 million? Hard to say since virtually nobody knows what these differences are even if anyone believed the campaign rhetoric.

That pretty much leaves partisan bragging rights, “sending a message” and the threat of the apocalypse that “might” happen to one side or the other.

Bragging rights, “sending a message” and a possible apocalypse seem like pretty good examples of how not to spend $50 million.

On the other hand doing so is a pretty good indicator that we have lost our minds.




11 Responses to “How Not to Spend $50 Million”

GARRARD GLENN, June 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm said:

I am utterly mystified as to why the media pays so much attention to this race. Fox news assigns it approximately the same importance as the attack on Pearl Harbor.

How odd. Perhaps Ashley Higgins, the Voice of the South, can elucidate as to this strange Georgian phenomenon. I hope so. Haven can take over as a designated hitter as and if necessary.


Haven Pell, June 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm said:

There must be a heck of a lot of airtime to fill or it must just be another pocket lining opportunity for the consultants and TV stations.


SellersMcKee, June 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm said:

And where does hiring umpteem lawyers to investigate Trump for collusion, obstruction or whatever rank? How much will that cost? And that is actually our money, unlike the Georgia race. If I understand correctly, even Alan Desowitz thinks investigating anything but Russia’s “attempts” to hack our election are ridiculous and possibly self-defeating for the Left (and anyone else who believes in our Civil Liberties). That we have lost our minds does not begin to cover it… enjoyed the golf last weekend, however.


Haven Pell, June 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm said:

The entirety of politics has been moved much further up the list of important things than it deserves.


Ashley Higgins, June 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm said:

As far as I can tell, this race has next to nothing to do with Georgia, the South, or good sense. It is a blue-red battle pumped up with outside money. But, regardless of the politics, that much cash surely must be seen as a pleasant transfer of coastal wealth to the interior.


Haven Pell, June 20, 2017 at 5:10 pm said:

Yes that wealth transfer is a worthy outcome unless it is diverted by devious coastal scoundrels before getting to “bless your heart” country.


Bruce Krochman, June 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm said:

I am not really sure spending on TV and direct mail does much for the local economy.


Haven Pell, June 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm said:

unless of course one’s “local economy” is the nation’s capital as mine is.


Brandy, June 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm said:

Seems goofy – The “D” doesn’t live in the GA District?
All this todo over one of fourteen GA districts, whereas MT has One US Congressional District or three US senators?
Oh and beating the crap out of reporter seems to won that MT Rep Seat for the “R” 🙂


Suzette, July 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm said:

Haven, I’m just not happy it’s “shaped faintly like Texas”, but I do love the “she is more than 30” comment. Yes, we have lost our minds and it’s all about bragging rights. Hubris is what’s winning and it’s everyone’s loss.


Haven Pell, July 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm said:

Thanks for the comment, I hope to hear from you often. Welcome.


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