The theory in health-care reform has been, thus far, that Democrats need to worry about votes on their right flank. But Illinois Rep. Lynn Woolsey, chair of the 80-member House Progressive Caucus, has been arguing the opposite: that Democrats need to worry about their left flank.
The correct answer is "Voting does not legitimize taxation. All taxation is theft, no matter how the rulers are chosen." However, it's interesting to discuss alternative voting systems.There's a logical paradox known as "Arrow's Theorem". It says that, no matter what voting system you use, there are flaws.I saw a bizarre proposal. To choose the winner in an election, select a ballot at random, and that voter picks the winner. By introducing a random element, this eliminates the logical contradiction of Arrow's theorem.
Ruth Marcus's column arguing that Arizona's "Clean Elections" law gave rise to the state's immigration law by making it easier for populist candidates to fund themselves and for the extremist wing of the Republican Party to primary and wipe out the moderates is interesting. The only addition I'd make is that campaign-finance reform doesn't seem to be a particularly important part of this mix.
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) previewed the coming fight over immigration reform in front of dozens of New York's most influential conservatives Monday night, clashing with a panel of conservative intellectuals who questioned his hardline stance.
By Jonathan Bernstein
First of all, a major thank you to Ezra Klein. I hope his readers didn't mind having someone a little less policy-wonkish than what they're used to in this space ... at any rate, thanks very much to Ezra.