November 13, 2003

Principles of election and legislation reform

The basic principles of election and legislation reform are pretty straight forward and simple:

  1. Money influences elections and legislation. Duh! Why else is that money spent? Money is a powerful virtual vote which dilutes the power of individual votes.
  2. Individuals, groups, and outsiders influence elections and legislation by giving money to campaigns and lobbyists.
  3. Groups cannot vote at the polls.
  4. Only individual citizens residing in a candidate's/legislator's district can vote for that candidate/legislator.
  5. A candidate/legislator should be answerable only to the citizens in his/her district.

Let's elaborate a bit:

I think the gist is clear: Any special interest group cannot vote. So special interest groups should not be allowed to influence elections or legislation with a money vote. And, come to think of it, NO group of ANY kind can vote at the polls. So groups of any kind should not be allowed to influence elections or legislation with a money vote.

Followup:

  1. All groups are composed of individual citizens. Nothing stops those individuals from doing what they can to influence elections and legislation; that is the duty and responsibility of citizens.
  2. 100% public financing of elections from individual citizens in the candidates' districts would ensure that only qualified individual citizens will influence elections or legislation with a money vote.
  3. The only reason we have an unmanageable election financing system is that politicians and political parties do not want to give up the vast amounts of money they get from groups.
  4. It's time for the PEOPLE to take back their government. A major step toward that end is to stop cold all influence on elections and legislation that comes from non-citizens. Otherwise, we just continue on with the status quo - a government of the special interests, by the special interests, for the special interests.

 


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