Our New Election Economy

  • Aired:  10/11/12
  •  | Views: 22,240

John Oliver explores the job-creating upside of the terrible, corrosive, democracy-destroying billions flowing into American politics. (4:30)

SHOW.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MONEY IN POLITICS, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT ITS TERRIBLE CORE ROSIVE DEMOCRACY-DESTROYING EFFECTS BUT IS THERE AN UPSIDE.

JOHN OLIVER HAS MORE.

>> MEGA DONOR AND SUPER PACS ARE SPENDING BIG FLOODING THE AIRWAVES WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED QUANTITY OF POLITICAL IDEAS.

IT'S NO PRIZE PEOPLE ARE UPSET.

>> THIS IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ELECTION EVER.

>> OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS REALLY GOING DOWN THE TUBES.

WE'VE GOT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS.

>> POLITICAL ACTIVIST DAVID DONNELLLY EXPLAINS THE PROBLEM.

>> WITH A LOT MORE MONEY IN ELECTIONS YOU SEE POTENTIAL FOR CORRUPTION.

THE SOURCE OF A MONEY IS A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

THIS MAN FOR EXAMPLE.

>> HOW MUCH IS HE WORTH?

>>

>> $25 BILLION.

>> THERE'S SOME MILK LEFT IN THAT COW.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF MILK LEFT.

>> WE HAVE TO MILK THAT MAN.

>> THAT'S WHAT KARL ROVE IS DOING RIGHT NOW.

>> MILLING HIM FOR AMERICA.

COME ON.

>> NOT FOR AMERICA --

>> AHHH.

>> THE POINT IS THAT SOME PEOPLE SEE CRISIS WHERE OTHERS SEE OPPORTUNITY.

THIS IS A PRIVATE STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.

>> YOU ARE SUGGESTING A JOBS PROGRAM THROUGH ELECTION SPENDING.

>> EXACTLY.

WHERE IS THE PROBLEM?

>> IT DOESN'T BENEFIT AMERICA.

MOST AMERICANS ARE SINGED BY IT.

>> REALLY?

WHAT ABOUT THESE AMERICANS THEY ARE BUSY MAKING HATS AND TOTE BAGS NORMALLY MANUFACTURED BY ANYMOREIBLE FINGERED MALAYSIAN CHILDREN.

IT'S THANKS TO ELECTION SPENDING.

WE LEARN WHY.

>> HALF WORK IS DIRECTLY ELECTION BASED.

>> THEY COULD GET THE BASEBALL HATS CHEAPER FROM FOREIGN SWEATSHOPS BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE --

>> IF THEY GET CAUGHT WHICH THEY WILL IT WILL COST SO MUCH MORE MONEY TO FIX THE PROBLEM, BACK PEDAL.

APOLOGIZE, CHANGE THEIR MESSAGE.

>> THESE JOBS ARE ALL IN PART BUILT ON THE KIND OF ELECTORAL JINGLISM PART OF MODERN CAMPAIGN CULTURE.

>> OUR BUSINESS IS BUILT ON THANK YOU HAVE THE EAGLE BY THE BALLS, MITCH.

>> HAVEN'T HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE BUT IT MAKES SENSE.

>> ALL DAY, MITCH.

ALL DAY.

THE PROBLEM ISN'T THAT THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY IN ELECTIONS IT'S THAT THERE'S NOT ENOUGH ELECTIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

LUCKILY THERE'S A WAY FOR US TO FIX THAT.

>> OUR NATION IS IN TROUBLE.

DEBT, FORECLOSURES, A SLUGGISH ECONOMY.

BUT THIS IS AMERICA AND WE'VE GOT A SIM WAY TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS.

SPEND MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO TELL AMERICA HOW TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS.

IT'S CALLED ELECTION SPENDING.

>> CUT.

>> HI, REMEMBER ME WITH THE PIE?

I'M AN ACTRESS.

I'M GETTING PAID $313 FOR DOING THIS.

SO IS MY SON.

AND MY BACK-UP SON.

>> I'M JUST HERE IN CASE THIS KID HAS A MELTDOWN.

>> THERE ARE MOTHERS, OUR FATHERS, OUR COWORKERS BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY ARE ALL PAID ACTORS.

AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE.

>> I WORK IN POST PRODUCTION ADDING TO GRAPHICS.

>> I MAKE $1.75 AN HOUR AND I DON'T WORK FAST.

>> AMERICAN MONEY, AMERICAN JOBS LIKE SPEAKING INTO A MICROPHONE FOR CASH AND IT COULD BE SO MUCH BIGGER.

IN 2000 ELECTION SPENDING WAS $3 BILLION N.2052 IT COULD BE 100% OF THE G.D.P.

>> EVERYONE WHO MATTERS BENEFITS OPPOSITION RESEARCHERS, PAID CONSULTANTS, C.E.O.S OF MAJOR MEDIA CONGLOMERATES AND EMPLOYEES.

THIS ELECTION SHOULD BE ABOUT ONE ISSUE, ELECTIONS THEMSELVES.

LET'S HAVE MORE ELECTIONS, CONSTANT ELECTIONS, NEVER-ENDING ELECTIONS.

IT'S NOT A TERRIBLE SICKENING IDEA, IT'S ACTUALLY A GREAT SICKENING IDEA.

>> YOU THINK THIS WAS CHEAP?

>> THANK YOU, AMERICA!

YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA.

>> PAID FOR BY AMERICANS CUTE ENOUGH TO BE IN

Loading...