Bracing against the wind  

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

A simple plan to fix the U.S. "democracy"

If we charged people a $200 federal tax penalty for failing to vote in a federal election, it would stir a subtle but powerful shift in the counciousness of the country.

People, feeling compelled to vote, would also feel compelled to talk about voting. If only to complain about it!

But that's OK. This talk would lead, over time, to political discussion and involvement. And, finally, a restoration of "Democratic" part of the Democratic Republic known as the United States.

It's a slow process. But, I think, it's something that's nonpartisan, and something that we can probably agree on.

Regardless of your political perspective, our country would be more democratic if more people voted.


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