Romney only about $860 million. I just kicked in some money to the Romney campaign. Yes, I know many are not keen on Romney's wishy-washy conservatism. I am not either. But the NPR program yesterday pointed out that the independent campaign groups pay more for their TV time than the campaigns themselves. As a result, a dollar spent by Romney's campaign goes further than a dollar spent by the independent groups.
We have a choice this election: national bankruptcy in the short-term, and pretty well guaranteed with Obama, or a small possibility of avoiding national bankruptcy with Romney. And yes, I am afraid that it is only a small possibility. Obama is going to take us off the cliff full throttle; Romney will likely slow us down to 20 or 30 MPH going off that cliff, so there is a small chance that something semi-miraculous will happen to save us as we approach the cliff: fusion power; a way to make gasoline cheaply from algae; least likely of all, Americans actually start paying attention.
I had a very discouraging experience last night. A guy who specializes in evangelism to Mormons -- especially the backsliding Mormons who are really mostly culturally Mormon -- spoke at my daughter's church. He essentially argued that it was better for Christians to not be involved in voting or politics at all, rather than vote for a Mormon for President. To say that I was disappointed was putting it mildly. If the choice was a Christian with orthodox beliefs and a Mormon, I could see his point. But our choice is someone who most Christians can agree with on lots of issues (examples: sanctity of life, one man, one woman as the definition of marriage), and someone who has not even made the trivial pretense of being a Christian by attending church since he was elected and who voted for allowing babies born alive after abortions to be allowed to die. This is not a hard choice.