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Voter Apathy Isn't a Crime

Pgrossjr Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 7:13 AM
Agreed. Allowing 18-year olds to vote was a major mistake, particularly since it coincided with reduced instruction in civics. I don't want your vote cancelling mine if the only reason you are doing so is to avoid a fine. "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." --Sir Winston Churchill
TexasChris Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 7:23 AM
Force in any instance but sel defense is criminal. If you're going to force people to vote, you may as well force them to buy health insurance...
Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 11:08 AM
Seems like I've heard of that health insurance thing somewhere. I guess that means we are already falling off the cliff...

It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.

That might explain the renewed interest in forcing people to vote against their will. Peter Orszag, President Obama's former budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently wrote a column for Bloomberg View arguing for making voting mandatory.

He's not alone. Icons of the Beltway establishment Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann also favor the idea. As does William Galston, a former advisor to President Clinton. (Mann and Galston are scholars at the liberal Brookings Institution; Ornstein is a colleague of mine at the American...