2004 Voting Guide

I received my voter guide and was reading it on the train. 90% of the measures were for tax increases to pay for this program or that. And let me tell you that, not including elections, there were THIRTY-TWO separate measures that I have to vote on. Now, I have to speak up here. This is too much. I can’t vote on 32 different measures in one sitting. How long do they want people to stand in line?

If a homeless guy asked me for a dollar, I might give it to him. If 32 homeless guys asked me, I would get scared and run away!

Here is the difference between the republicans and the democrats IN BERKELEY. The democrats want to fund every program they can with taxes. The republicans want to fund none of those programs. Now here is the kicker…The republicans say that the democrats are not spending their existing funds efficiently. Even claiming that they are being irresponsible. Now, I KNOW that this is true, because I have seen how this is inevitable in governance. Pork is powerful. More powerful than democracy.

So this leaves me in a quandary. Individually, I would vote yes on almost every tax. But all 32 of them seems overwhelming. Do I vote yes on them individually? Or do I vote yes on a percentage of them? Do I pick the ones that benefit me personally? Or the ones I think are best for the community. Programs are always good for some people and not others. Should I be selfish?

I wish there was an option to say, you can have 50% of all the taxes you are asking for. I don’t know what to do. Its a pork barrel world, and there aint nuttin we can do bout it.

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Ahhh, sweet democracy. Here is my idea, make people earn their day off for Election Day. Most people get a paid day off to vote, if they don’t get paid the government should re-reimburse them; however, there is a catch. It order to get paid, voters must attend a mandatory voter education class. In the class, there will be a video or person explaining each candidate or issue on the ballot. Each candidate can have someone read a short description of them or they can show a video (distribution of videos will be paid for by the government). Presidential candidates will get three minutes, Congressman will get 2 minutes, and everything else gets a minute. In most states, classes should be less than 30 minutes. People will also have the option to take the classes anytime before Election Day. After the class is over, people can take literature on issues and are told where the nearest library is in case they wanted to do more research. In addition to getting a day’s wage for voting (if you’ve taken the class). People will also be eligible for a $50 tax refund if they vote (Note: people can choose to vote for nobody; however, they have to go to the booth.)

Democracy is a responsibility. The education of citizen is key to the ability of a democracy to function in the best interest of the people. Democracy is also the responsibility of government to help citizens understand the process. And so my answer to the question (what should glen do?) is that he should spend an hour or two and read all the initiatives and vote according to a simple cost-benefit analysis. Take some time away from reading about the Democracy in the country 30 years ago and read about the Democracy today.

Whatya think?