First Death Panels and Now Death Votes

Discussion in 'Politics' started by bugscoe, May 19, 2011.

  1. Liberal Genius Proposes Taking Away Senior Voting Rights
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11:40 AM

    Because we all know the those hopey-changey youth voters are soooo well informed after their years of anti-American socialist propaganda.
    Boy wonder Ezra Klein proposes taking away senior voting rights.
    The Washington Post reported:
    And this comes from the supposed “smart” one of the bunch.
  2. An interesting idea, actually...

    It's fairer in a way to give the younger generation's votes more weight, given that they will be the ones assuming the various future burdens (unfunded liabilities) and their taxes will be paying for it. On the other hand, you'd imagine older people should be able to make better decisions, given they have more experience. As to the young 'uns' liberal bias, there should be a way to control for that. Generally, looking at Japan, it's clear that an aging population can drive the country into the ground. So, as I said, an interesting idea, regardless of who proposes it...
  3. Generally seniors vote down local school budgets (at least that's the word on the street), how's that working out for the young informed and in hock for the future generation. It doesn't. School budgets go up.

    When was the last time our vote mattered in regard to a mandate? None that I recall. Has our vote made a difference in income guidelines for welfare or programs which affect spending?

    Weighting votes, Imo, won't have any effect on what we spend.
  4. Well, how about an example? I think you could argue that the amount of US defense spending might be a function of the fact that the older voters a) overemphasize security because of their past experiences; b) don't particularly care about the costs, since they won't have to deal with the consequences of a persistent budget deficit.
  5. Ricter


    I doubt voters have much if anything to do with the size of the military budget, since both parties presented for voting have the same foreign policy. No, I think the size of the military's budget is a result of American business interests, willingly (if sometimes begrudgingly) supported by our allies' business interests.
  6. I don't care about the parties... I have never been able to tell the difference between 'em.

    Maybe weighing the votes by age (exponentially :)) would generally address the policies that are excessively pro "existing vested interests". Military spending is an example of this, potentially. I am not suggesting this is a solution, but I think it's an interesting idea.
  7. cstfx


    If you don't want old people voting, then you shouldn't have old people making laws either. Eliminate the over 70 crowd in Congress too. They shouldn't be able to make laws that they won't be around to see implimented (anyone else remember that image of Byrd being wheeled out onto the floor from his death bed just so he could cast that last health care vote?)
  8. Lucrum


    Maybe there should be a mandatory retirement age for congressmen like there is for airline pilots.
  9. Ricter


    Maybe there should be mandatory term limits for airline pilots. I mean, who cares if the most experience any working pilot has is 8 years?

    ; )
  10. Lucrum


    :) It takes experience to fly safely, it does not take any experience to fuck up a country. Which is of course all congress ever does.
    #10     May 19, 2011