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Thinking about: Duh Voters

I see headlines like this:

CNN/ORC Poll: Most Americans dislike debt deal, think lawmakers acted like ‘spoiled children’ and my reflex thought is “but who, exactly, put them IN there?” Why is it on a “bad” year Congress only has 90% reelection rate for incumbents?

The answer – or an answer at least – is that voters generally are happy with their own representatives, because he’s usually bringing home federal pork in some form or other for the local district. It’s the other guy who is a problem.

Which leads to at least one fascinating solution (or part of one) to the problem of the federal legislature not looking out for the nation as a whole, but rather just looking to get their trotters in the trough for their own constitutents: Have reelections be based on randomly chosen districts, with that designation occurring only ten days prior to the election. So it’s very nice that Congresman Porkbarrel brought a new bridge home to his electors in New York City – he’d best be ready to explain to the voters in West Skunkbutt, Idaho, how that bit of tax money from their pockets, going to New York State, was a benefit to them.

I figure if we combine the Random Reelection District process with the elimination of withholding tax (that having been imposed to win WWII and WWII having been won 65 or so years ago), and moving Income Tax Day up to the first Monday in November … I suspect we’d see a lot more enthusiastic voter participation and a much higher quality – or at least honest – level of representation.


7 responses to “Thinking about: Duh Voters

  1. MamaLiberty August 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “I suspect we’d see a lot more enthusiastic voter participation and a much higher quality – or at least honest – level of representation.”

    Dream on. The only thing that might motivate at least 50% of the population will be the second month the government checks don’t come. But by that time there won’t be a prayer of any “election” being held. I think it is too much to hope for that the reason would be all of the swinging bodies on ropes… but I can dream too.

    • The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit August 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm


      There’s a video out there somewhere that was part of a compilation of various gruesome death video. It’s being taken from a car in … Yellowstone, I think … and shows a guy out of his car (in front of the camera wielder’s car) who’s trying to get closer and closer to a bear for pictures. The victim-to-be can be heard talking to his wife in their car, as she’s tossing bread out to the bear. His Famous Last Words are, “What do you mean, ‘we’re out of bread?'” and then the mauling begins.

      The Federal government, despite all its firepower, is still perilously close to looking at the nation’s taxpayers and saying, “What do you mean, ‘we’re out of bread?'” at which point the mauling by the taxeaters will begin.

  2. MamaLiberty August 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Small difference between this and previous such situations. A great many of us are well armed… and we will vigorously resist being mauled. But yes, we do live in interesting times…

    • Hobbit@Law August 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Well, I was thinking more like the feeder as the dotgov and the bear as the taxeaters. Not sure where the liberty minded folks are in the scenario – the porcupine in the tree off the road, out of the viewfinder, maybe, watching the mauling? πŸ˜€

  3. MamaLiberty August 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    There will always be an element among the parasites with the intelligence to know who in the area has food and so forth stockpiled, of course, and they will be the immediate threat. This includes many government employees. Those parasites are not going to have any real doubt as to who has something worth stealing. The focus will be on eating, not revenge against the government.

    It would be nice to think that they would tear each other up… but it won’t be right away.

    • Hobbit@Law August 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Sure. And unlike books and movies, there’s no guarantee that the porkypines won’t get et by a big enough predator – life is like that. But even if I can’t win the fight, I can do my best to make sure that the surviving predators know that they’ve been IN one.

      A lot of the tear-up is going to be based on location, though. Big cities are not going to be the best of locations for the porcupine community, at least not if they’re hoping to pull through.

  4. MamaLiberty August 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Indeed… which is one reason why I live in rural Wyoming. πŸ™‚

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