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?