I thought some of you might find this of interest. Liberals screech all the time that us evil Republicans want to stick our noses into the bedrooms and womb's of all women. Well there is some truth to that although for us its a question of morality and not control. It is the democrat/liberal/progressive lot however that want to regulate everything else ....salt ....soda.... trans fat.... happy meals .... lights.... cars..... now it seems that the tolerant lefties want to make not voting a crime. You know... they want all the folks who could not give a rats ass about the political process and who have no idea what the issues are to be forced to vote. You can rest assured that this would not even be on the democrat/liberal/progressive radar unless they knew that all these idiots would most assuredly be voting for them. I have long known that the democrat party even in its present composition is largely comprised of low information non productive segments of our population who are largely motived by government hand outs but this takes it a step further. They even suggest that they pay/ bribe those voters now. Democrat groups have a long history of paying/bribing their voters with ACORN being one of the more recent ones, paying these voters in cigarettes and dollar bills. They now want to relieve these groups of that financial burden and pass it along to the tax payers. Anyone else see where this one is going to wind up .....ELECT ME AND I WILL SEE TO IT THE GOVERNMENT PAYS YOU 1000.00 $ FOR YOUR VOTE. It seems to me they want to announce to the world someday that their candidate has won with 99.9 % of the vote and we all know where we have seen that before. All hail the Dear Leader.
Voter Apathy Isn't a Crime
It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.
That might explain the renewed interest in forcing people to vote against their will. Peter Orszag, President Obama's former budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently wrote a column for Bloomberg View arguing for making voting mandatory.
He's not alone. Icons of the Beltway establishment Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann also favor the idea. As does William Galston, a former advisor to President Clinton. (Mann and Galston are scholars at the liberal Brookings Institution; Ornstein is a colleague of mine at the American Enterprise Institute.)
While I have great respect for Ornstein, Mann and Galston -- I'm undecided about Orszag -- I find the idea absurd, cynical and repugnant.
Let's start with the repugnant part.
One of the chief benefits of coerced voting, according to Orszag, is that it increases participation. Well, yes, and kidnapping drunks in pubs increased the ranks of the British navy, but it didn't turn the conscripted sailors into patriots.