Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Poll?

How about an Instant Runnoff Voting Poll?
All of the ideas suggested below (on Wednesday's Open Thread) are edgy but promise creative discussion. You have crystalized an idea that's been flowing through the constrict blood vessels of my mind: an IRV POLL (Instant Runoff Voting).

What if we ran a month-long poll to measure the relative issues facing the American electorate (should it be the least concerned)?
Items on the poll in no specific order other than the sequence in which they occur to me, might be:
  • Restore church-state relations envisioned by Constitutional founders (suggested by Pekka)
  • Functioning House and Senate Ethics Rules Committee. (Beach Bum)
  • Reconstruction of New Orleans. (Beach Bum)
  • Iraq. (Beach Bum)
  • Afghanistan. (Malfrat)
  • Iran.
  • Even-handedness on the Israeli-Palestinian Issue.
  • North Korea.
  • Significant Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards.
  • Immigration reform.
  • Restoration of a woman's rights to choose in the area of abortion (needs to be rephrased).
  • Investigation as to how or whether intelligence was fixed to market the Iraq invasion (the often promised Senate Committee on Intelligence Phase II Report).
  • Judicial review of all domestic counter-terror surveillance activities.
  • Ending the use of torture as an policy.
  • Declaration that the United States will never again engage in preventive/preemptive war.
  • Restoration of balance in the media (needs to be rephrased).
  • Campaign finance reform.
  • End electronic balloting without paper trails.
  • Ending the practice of gerrymandering.
  • Restoration of a truly progressive income tax.
You get the idea: generally phrased issues, leaving out the devil and his details. More ideas and rephrasings are welcome. If we can get a tight, but comprehensive set, we could recycle this poll monthly to see if there are any trends.
Thumbs up or down?

4 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Blogging4Food said...

return to a balaced budget, or budget surplus?

5/25/2006 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous James said...

How about real change?
End the war on drugs and put the moey to use improving America instead of dividing it on an issue that cant be resolved.

For that matter why not repeal all morality based laws that we waste time and money on so we can use that money to feed and house people. To make sure that every child can be educated and have a chance to succeed. Use the money to pay off the debt. Invest in developing the infrastructure not more prisons to house drug users.

5/25/2006 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Malfrat said...

Yeah, I for one, would like to see a what-if scenario debated: what if drugs were legal......

5/25/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

This is a going project. I will finalize the poll this weekend and boost it up for the duration of the month of June.

Keep suggestions flowing...

5/26/2006 08:39:00 AM  

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