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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 11/04/14 at 07:46 am in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

It's a loaded term, but I do think people are voting for gridlock. Broadly speaking, we have two political parties in this country, one committed to doing something, the other committed to doing nothing. We also have a political system, designed to make it difficult to do things, establishing a bias in favor of the party that favors doing nothing. So if you vote for that party, you are voting to do nothing and the gridlock you establish is simply a tool the founders have provided for you to...

Others can explain how the Star Tribune makes it's decisions for them.

The idea behind RCV is to give voters more choice and more power in their democracy.

Actually, the choice you have is dependent on the number of candidates who file, not how you vote for them. As for power, that's what you have when you vote. RCV simply divides the power you already have.

If voters get to hear from a diverse array of candidates representing a broad range of ideas, they’re more likely to find common ground.

Is finding common ground a good thing or a bad...

Candidates winning by consensus.

And isn't this the problem with our democracy? Candidates who find a way of standing for everything end up standing for nothing?

Wait, your thesis is that the problem with our democracy is *too much* agreement and compromise?

No, the problem is that because we have a consensus based system, too much agreement and compromise is required to get anything done. The flip side is that minorities have a veto power over government action.

My belief is RCV supporters have answered the wrong problem. They don't want different voices at the polling both so much as they want different voices in government. Winner take all voting systems don't help much with that no matter how they are sliced. What does address their problem is a system of proportional representation, which many democracies around the world have. Now, like all systems, proportional representation carries with it it's own set of problems, but it does a pretty good...

Posted on 10/30/14 at 09:22 am in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

I expect a lot of very interesting legislation to be passed. I think Democrats should step back and let Republicans pass it, and rely on a presidential veto to prevent disasters from occurring.

Posted on 10/30/14 at 09:58 am in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

I would say with single party control of Congress the expectations for the passage of legislation should be raised, not lowered.

I think all candidates in all elections should pledge to reject outside money, both coordinated and uncoordinated, and should urge media not to run ads paid for by outside dollars.

And I think voters should pledge not to vote for candidates who do not disclaim either coordinated or uncoordinated campaigns paid for with outside money.

I also think the chances of such proposals being adopted are approximately equal to the chances that I'm going to grow wings and learn to fly.

My suggestion is to make it very clear to each candidate, that you will vote against him or her unless he or she repudiates outside money. Just a suggestion.