Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Wonder Of Voting in America
or wondering if your vote is counted

Our system of voting is not the same for every state, country, locale, class, or skin color. Oh, yes, I know.....we say it is, but deep inside we know that is a lie.  Big corporations with deep pockets, their lobbyists and politicians, and those with "hidden" ulterior motives set the tone for this basic "freedom " we take for granted.
"Politicians of one party do not set voting schedules to favor their side and harm the other. Politicians do not move around voting places to gain advantages for themselves or to disadvantage their opponents. In fact, in almost no other country do politicians have any say in the administration of elections at all."

Instead of looking for "voter fraud", manipulation of votes, re-programmed voting machines, and changing the requirements for voter IDs or early voting hours, why not just make it MANDATORY for everyone to vote???

"Places with mandatory voting also have less wealth inequality, lower levels of political corruption and higher levels of satisfaction with the way democracy is working than voluntary systems. Here in Australia, where we love freedom as much as anyone else, we have a mandatory voting regime that is well managed, corruption-free, easy to access, cheap to run and has an approval rating of more than 70 percent."

Oh, I know I'm not naive enough to think that would ever be agreed upon here....what the Repubs complain about then? Would they want to put people in jail because they DIDN"T vote or voted for the WRONG person?

And even after the election no matter how it is done, we'd still get result like this, no matter what: 

"House Republicans are sending a stark message to the White House: If President Barack Obama pushes for tax increases during the lame-duck session, it would ruin his chances for a productive second term."

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