Mandatory voting

voting day in a small town

voting day in a small town (Photo credit: Muffet)

I believe that voting should be required in all national elections and made uniformly easy. A small fine would be imposed on non-voters. Elections today are frequently decided by which side is better at getting out the vote for their side. If everyone must vote, the results will reflect the wishes of all the people. Then the candidates will be compelled to compete on convincing voters of the rightness of their policies, rather than getting out the vote.

Part-time Congress

Congress Agonizes (2013) ... FSU teams up to f...

Congress Agonizes (2013) … FSU teams up to fight homelessness — “I hope this works,” said Ray. (Apr. 24, 2013) …item 2.. Tens of thousands still homeless six months after Hurricane Sandy — Oct. 29, 2012 (27 April 2013) … (Photo credit: marsmet532)

Our Congressmen and women only work for us on a part-time basis. The number of days Congress is in session is limited. And when they are session, members are requested (required by their party leaders) to spend four hours per day dialling for dollars (calling potential donors for campaign donations). Since we taxpayers pay their salaries and generous benefits, isn’t it reasonable to require that our representatives represent us on a full-time basis? That will only happen if elections are publicly funded. Then they might actually have the time to read the bills that they must vote on.

GOP key words

An example of The O'Reilly Factor's Talking Po...

An example of The O’Reilly Factor’s Talking Points Memo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are a Republican lawmaker or a GOP talking head, the following is a list of key words to use as much as possible. The more of these words you can cram into your talking points, the better. You don’t need to make sense or tell the truth, just move your lips and make sounds. No one will notice that your thoughts are nonsense.

  • Greece
  • Hitler
  • Socialism
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • Train wreck
  • Freedom
  • Democracy
  • Founding fathers
  • Constitution
  • Union thugs
  • Welfare cheats
  • Entitlements
  • Job creators
  • 47%
  • Obamacare
  • Islam
  • Terrorists
  • IRS
  • Benghazi
  • Fast and furious
  • Solyndra
  • Sequester

Truth in advertising

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To be compliant, the FOX News slogan should read: Unfair, unbalanced and proud of it. On second thought, that could be the slogan of both the TEA Party and the GOP. For our two-party system to work, we need two sane parties. Both the TEA Party and the GOP are several sandwiches short of a picnic.

Freedom and democracy

Illustrates the intersection of supply and dem...

Illustrates the intersection of supply and demand curves as the free market equilibrium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whenever the US goes to war, our fighting men and women are told that they are fighting for freedom and democracy here and abroad. That is untrue. What they are really fighting for is free market capitalism and profit. Once free market capitalism and profit are established, those on the Right no longer give a darn about freedom and democracy. If the GOP cared about democracy, they would not be trying to restrict voting rights here in the US.