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Dumb Idea of the Day Courtesy of Ezra Klein
The American Catholic ^ | 5/18/11 | Donald R. McClarey

Posted on 05/18/2011 10:05:10 AM PDT by Nachum

Ezra Klein, the founder of journolist, proves yet again why whatever the Washington Post is paying him is much too much: Here’s your out-of-the-box policy idea for the day: America should implement weighted voting to make voting more objective and fair, and give the young more power, because the consequences of political decisions will affect them the longest.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloat; cw2; day; dumb; idea; journolist; klein; soros; stockpilesong
Idjit
1 posted on 05/18/2011 10:05:19 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum
Would these leftists go one step further, and give the unborn a vote on whether or not to come to term?

Didn't think so...

2 posted on 05/18/2011 10:08:58 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Nachum

Sorta like the NBA draft lottery?


3 posted on 05/18/2011 10:10:25 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Nachum

I would rather they take away the right to vote for people on public assistance. If you are getting a free ride, you do not have a right to steer the car.


4 posted on 05/18/2011 10:11:13 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Nachum

We used to have these idiotic discussions about the electoral college... in middle school. Then we learned that the United States is plursl and not singular and it made sense.


5 posted on 05/18/2011 10:11:55 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Nachum
Idjit

Remember, now, that Ezra Klein is one of the left's best and brightest, a profound thinker, indeed, one of their leading young intellectuals, a charter member of the socialist elite.

All of which serves to make him an...

...idjit.

6 posted on 05/18/2011 10:12:39 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Nachum

I like this idea- how about you get one vote for every dollar you pay in taxes?


7 posted on 05/18/2011 10:13:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: Nachum

Sounds like divisive vitriol, if you ask me.


8 posted on 05/18/2011 10:13:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Nachum

OK Ezra, how bout this? How bout you get one vote for every dollar in federal taxes you pay? THATS what I call weighting.


9 posted on 05/18/2011 10:13:59 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: Nachum
America should implement weighted voting to make voting more objective and fair

Not a bad idea. Here's how I would weight it: Taxpayers get one vote each. Non taxpayers get zero votes each. Uniformed military members get 1.5 votes each, all other government employees get .5 votes each.

10 posted on 05/18/2011 10:16:52 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Mr. K
I like this idea- how about you get one vote for every dollar you pay in taxes?

I've long thought something similar, though a bit different, and with some modifications.

Every citizen gets 1 vote to start.

1 vote for every $1000 net paid in federal income tax (subtracting any assistance or credits, like EITC)

1 vote for every year served in the military.

1 vote for every year where the citizen served in a combat zone

Mark

11 posted on 05/18/2011 10:19:30 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Nachum

Wouldn’t that reduce the deceased voters power?


12 posted on 05/18/2011 10:21:58 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Nachum
I'm all for considerations on who should and shouldn't be voting. Paging Robert Heinlein.

Klein is inadvertently wandering into territory that he's not fully aware of. But sure, pry open Pandora's box, and see what you get.

In fact, I'll start.

Voting should be limited to (or the voting power increased at a certain percentage for) veterans, mothers, people with jobs, landowners, or business owners.

Voting should be denied to felons, people on public assistance, deadbeat parents, and people without identification cards that prove which category they're in.

Comments?

13 posted on 05/18/2011 10:22:52 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: C210N

This would be the end of our republic as we know it.

Once you open the door to weighted voting, then those in power will change the criteria of how votes are weighted, to remain in power endlessly.

If liberals were able to do this, they would give greater weight to liberals. They would give greater votes to favored groups, perhaps based on the liberal views of groups which were oppressed. They would give greater votes to those who are poor and dependent on the federal government, because after all, such people “need help”, and in the liberal view, should have more say in what “help” they get.

They would institutionalize the “What’s the Matter with Kansas” idea, in which liberals lament that Kansans vote Republican and doing so is against their own economic interests. If there were weighted voting, they would devalue the votes of places which don’t vote “correctly”.

Elections as we know them would cease to exist in such a system.

Liberal radical types sure don’t have any respect or appreciation of our constitional republic, and the manner in which power is divided and exercised, do they?


14 posted on 05/18/2011 10:27:14 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Pan_Yan
Taxpayers get one vote each. Non taxpayers get zero votes each. Uniformed military members get 1.5 votes each, all other government employees get .5 votes each.

Yes, if you don't pay taxes, or get back more than you put it, than should be a disqualifier.

Also, voter fraud, if proven, is a lifetime ban on voting.

15 posted on 05/18/2011 10:29:24 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Now THAT works!


16 posted on 05/18/2011 10:32:07 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Mr. K
I like this idea- how about you get one vote for every dollar you pay in taxes?

Yep. Gotta have skin in the game.

17 posted on 05/18/2011 10:32:44 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: All

Funny how us guys on the Right are supposed to be the stupid ones....


18 posted on 05/18/2011 10:36:04 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Jeff Chandler

They have done this in some local elections to boost minority representation.


19 posted on 05/18/2011 10:36:20 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Nachum

Oh, that Ezra, always kidding around. I remember when he put the fake dog sh_t on the floor at the Washington Post’s farewell party. They ran it as one of his stories. I think it was up for a Pullitzer.


20 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:10 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Nachum

Good lord.....how long before one of these boneheads suggests that we pick the President the same way as American Idol ???


21 posted on 05/18/2011 10:46:16 AM PDT by Mopp4
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I like some of the weighting ideas posed herein, but yes, have to agree. There would be weighting “gerrymandering”.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 10:57:56 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Nachum

The Constitution explained in EXACTLY 500 words:

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2010/12/the-constitution-is-very-important.html


23 posted on 05/18/2011 11:04:40 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: fhayek

That is a great idea.


24 posted on 05/18/2011 11:08:57 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Nachum

I support proportional voting - based on taxes paid.


25 posted on 05/18/2011 11:37:15 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: Nachum

Just raise the voting age to 40.


26 posted on 05/18/2011 11:40:34 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Nachum

He also recently claimed the constitution is outdated because it it over 100 years old. He is a joke, the MSM keeps giving him venues.


27 posted on 05/18/2011 11:55:08 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
He and Megan McCain seem to think they are the hip new generation. They know best.
28 posted on 05/18/2011 11:58:10 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Nachum

What a maroon.


29 posted on 05/18/2011 12:32:40 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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