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Changes to our democracy - structure and substance

peacebeef

Can we find a way that all Americans have opt-in, instead of opt-out, voting? Everybody HAS TO SIGN even if only to say to say, "no thanks, I'd rather not say." Can we find a way to have Americans vote on ideas, rather than vote for politicians? Everyone who ISN'T voting is doing so because "nobody speaks for me." Instead, let's do a national POLL at TAX TIME where everyone who submits a tax return has to complete a poll or opt-out, on "IDEAS for WHERE MY TAXES ARE SPENT."

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  • William WaughWilliam Waugh

    The whole budget for military hardware should come from voluntary contributions.

    • peacebeefpeacebeef

      That would be amazing! I feel so frustrated knowing a part of my salary goes to killing and torture. I control my personal finances; why can't our government listen to how we ALL think finances/resources should be distributed?

      • peacebeefpeacebeef

        And "voting" as it is structured in democracies doesn't account for this. The personal issue of "like/dislike" for individual politicians has made us too polarized to look at the actual ideas that large portions of us agree on, or should debate more. Most democratic citizens never vote ("opt in" system) because they are fed up with popularity contests; but the vast majority of citizens in the U.S. and Europe DO pay taxes - and without much protest! The disconnect and lack of control is startling, once you become aware of it.

  • William WaughWilliam Waugh

    Yes, I think voting on ideas and issues is a good idea.