Larry Bradley’s Ezine #380 What Is the Catch 22 of Election Reform?

Weekly Ezine #390

Why Is Government Involved in Healthcare?
What Is the Catch 22 of Election Reform?

Why Is Government Involved in Healthcare?

Why is Government involved in Healthcare? I saw this question posed as a Facebook post recently. The answers I saw I felt were inaccurate and the dialogue quickly descended into partisan disagreements. The answer to the question also allows me to repeat my standard practice for the Fourth of July Ezine, so I offer it here.

Government is involved in Healthcare because of the Commerce Clause in the Constitution. The Commerce Clause refers to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

Healthcare, I keep hearing various elected officials say, makes up one sixth of our economy. Economy equals commerce. Having someone be the impartial referee balancing the interests of the consumers, providers and insurers of healthcare would only seem logical.

What screws it up, though, is when the referee is acting based on bribes from one of the participants. The referee is acting to sabotage the existing system in order to implement a new system favorable to the one giving the bribe.

Now you can argue about what’s wrong with the current system and how to fix it. And argue we will. But please do not do so in a way that is obvious you are urinating on my shoe and trying to convince me it’s raining.

But while we’re on the subject of the roles of government, may I suggest you take a few minutes to re-read the Constitution? Here’s a link to do so.

And while you’re at it, you might also want to re-read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. They’re also found at the link above.

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

What Is the Catch 22 of Election Reform?

Monday, June 26 was a big day for Election Reform. Rep Don Beyers submitted the “Fair Vote Representation Act.” This is a marvelous step forward and we congratulate for this achievement. What I’m going to do for this Ezine is copy the contents of the FairVote email announcement with all its links and explanations. That alone is something for you to share with as many people as possible. Then I’m going to share with you a letter to the Editor I submitted regarding an OpEd Rep Beyers had published in the Kansas City Star.

So, first, here is the FairVote email text.

It’s a big day for FairVote and advocates of election reform! Today, Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) will introduce the FairVote’s signature reform proposal to Congress to mend our broken politics. Here’s how you can follow the day:
Capitol Hill Press Conference at 3pm ET
Congressman Beyer and supporters of the Fair Representation Act will hold a press conference on Capitol Hill from 3pm-4pm ET. We’ll be streaming the event on Facebook LIVE. Tune in to follow the groundbreaking announcement of the bill being introduced. I encourage you to share our live-stream with your friends on Facebook!
Reception with Friends and Supporters of the Fair Representation Act from 6pm-8pm ET
After the bill has been introduced, board members and supporters will join Congressman Don Beyer for a reception to celebrate the introduction of the Fair Representation Act and FairVote’s 25th anniversary year. If you haven’t RSVP’d to join us in person, you can follow us on Facebook LIVE, where we will live-stream remarks from members of Congress and allied organizations.
Sign Our Petition and Share the Video
One easy way to support FairVote today is on social media. Today we are launching a video on the Fair Representation Act and a petition in support. Please sign the petition and share the video with your friends and family!
Watch Segment of Krist Novoselic and Rob Richie on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal
Our Board Chair Krist Novoselic and I were on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning to discuss FairVote’s 25th anniversary year and exciting developments for our reform vision. If you missed it, you can catch the segment online.
Thank you for your continued support at this exciting time, and I hope you can tune in throughout the day!

Rob Richie
Executive Director, FairVote
And now, here is my Letter to Editor regarding Beyers’ OpEd.

Rep Don Beyers’ OpEd on Jun 29 clearly describes two of the three election reforms we desperately need—Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation. His Fair Representation Act is the first piece of legislation for 2017 worth supporting and that support should be vigorous, but success is unlikely because of a Catch 22.

The Catch 22 of the Bill is that the people being asked to support it are those elected under the existing system. Their attitude will be, “What’s wrong with the system we have now? It chose me, didn’t it?” To which voters should respond, “Yes, but less than 20% of us approve of the results you and your fellow representatives are giving us under that system.”

The old saying is true. If you keep on doing things the way you’ve always done them, then you’re going to keep on getting the results you’ve been getting. Better to listen to the wisdom of Peter Drucker. “The pertinent question is not how to do things right, but to find the right things to do and concentrate energy and resources on them.”

Election reform is the right thing to do. Our fellow citizens in Maine got it done last election. They showed us that if we can’t get it done in the Congress, then we can get it done in the States.

There’s an election reform initiative already underway in Missouri for 2018. I urge voters to sign the petition to put the initiative on the ballot.

See you next time.



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