Friday, June 24, 2011
Voting on Intelligence
OK, I will admit it up front, I didn't win. But there is no bitterness involved and I am thinking that it is best I didn't win because it would have involved more work by yours truly.
So anyway, the story is this, The VAspa has a competition where anyone can put up their ideas on an internet site and anybody and everyone votes on which ideas should be considered for funding.
What this seems to degenerate into is a high school popularity contest (or perhaps, a national election here in the good old USA), with people out there e-mail spamming everyone they can think of to go in and vote for their idea. The relative merits of ideas are not discussed, with over 4500 ideas proposed, the chances that votes are actually used wisely, by reading and weighing all ideas and prioritising costs and needs are nearly non-existent. The chance that a federal employee would be allowed to read and sort through 4500 ideas in near random order to vote intelligently is laughable.
But the process got me thinking about democracy in a more fundamental manner. Think about the shrub and the lazy-O who have been our elected leaders for the past eleven years, hell, for that matter throw in Billy the zipper and the gipper and you will get nearly 30 years of marginally interrupted buffoonery (as you can figure out, In my mind the jury is still out on Bush I, he may well go down as not too bad).
Nope, I am starting to seriously question the idea of universal sufferage. I just don't think that a society has the dignitas to manage to make the difficult and disciplined choice to pause before reaching out to grasp what one thinks one wishes.
I am becoming more and more in favor of implementing some kind of poll tax. It would have to be a percentage of wealth. Lets say for example 7% (thank you Sherlock). It may well separate the wheat from the chaff.
at 8:05:00 AM