We seem to have a problem in the United States, namely Populist Politicians that lean towards socialism on the political spectrum who are willing to promise the American People anything they want – to buy their votes with other people's tax dollars. Perhaps this is why our Founding Fathers set up a Republic rather than a pure democracy – but what happens in the future whenoting is instantaneous and the "I want it now" crowd votes for their whims, wishes and desires in real-time? Me-Me-Me-Now-Now-Now – Let's talk because this question came up at our think tank the other day when discussing how to implement a smartphone instantoting app for US elections.
One think tanker notes; "I do agree that people would definitely vote for free stuff if they had the opportunity but I think we could easily keep those votes off of the app. votes. When the government wants to take a poll or wants America to vote, they put the ballot on the app and that's all. "
Yes, people just like all life works to do the least and conserve energy, even a complex system like a human. So, humans default is to be slothish, in other words, miserly, and it is that innate characteristic and short-sided thinking, lack of economic knowledge that causes people to vote for free-stuff or to vote to hire the government as a proxy Robin Hood (thief) to steal for them on their behalf, taking from one group and giving to their causes or themselves. I am not sure we can resolve that tension and still put forth a plan for instantoting (instant gratification) for the masses, as it will certainly bankrupt the treasury, at least that is what has happened in the past. It's what happened in Venezuela, Argentina, Zimbabwe, and the PIIGS of the EU (Portugal, Italy (banks ready to collapse now), Greece, and Spain) right?
Yes, if we kept the polls oroting only for things that did not cost money maybe we could do that, of course, if it did cost money the amount would need to be stated clearly, the amount in increased taxes stated, and no fudging, in other words whatever the CBO, OMB, GAO estimated the costs, triple it, since that's what always happens in hindsight, just as business plans must double the investment costs and double the time to ROI, just to be in the proper ballpark ? Any thoughts on that reality check?
Indeed, if it was just kept as a baseline polling tool, then yes, it could work, especially at the local level, keeping government honest. And it would have to be done like the "Reverse 911" calls, not people going to a website, otherwise it would be flooded with political groups, and pure activists to support their agenda, and yes, "ALL politics is Local" but if it gets too local down to the group organizing the initiative, it will be taken immediately.
If all smart phones are called at once and the people get to answer by text-vote, only once per device and only after verification codes, similar to those used for mobile transactions – it could work right? The incoming information from the bullets would be clearly visible including the way the question was worded, thus totally transparent and thus better information to our elected representatives. What about bureaucrats, should they be allowed to use such a system too? The FAA, SEC, DOJ, FCC, FBI, DOE, DOD, DHS, HHS, etc. ??
More questions than answers – such a system will be our future and how it is implemented will determine the future strength of our Republic – stay tuned – the future will be exciting.