Politics 2016: Baker’s Dozen ™ Federal Ballot Issues (what-if)

by Nathan Barton

As Jeffrey Tucker pointed out in a recent column, voters need to remember that when voting in federal elections, people are voting for (or against) PEOPLE and NOT on issues. That the people elected may make all the promises they claim about how they will vote, but are not bound to do as they promised. Jeffrey suggested it would be neat to be able to vote directly on the issues. So here is a proposal!

2016 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

Please select YES or NO for the following Issue Questions. The results of these questions will be binding on the Senators from our state, and the Federal Representative for our District, subject to penalty of law, including removal from office, imprisonment up to 25 years, and fines of up to $100,000 per issue.

1. ?YES ?NO A1. Shall the United States continue to station troops in Korea?

2. ?YES ?NO A2. Shall the United States continue to station troops in Japan?

3. ?YES ?NO A3. Shall the United States declare war on the Islamic Republic of Iran with the objective of unconditional surrender by Iran?

4. ?YES ?NO B1. Shall the United States increase the excise tax on motor fuels (gasoline, diesel) by ten (10) cents per gallon, with the money to be dedicated to the Highway Users Trust Fund?

5. ?YES ?NO B2. Shall the United States reduce the financing from 90% to 80% of all construction and maintenance costs for highways designated as “Federally-Assisted” Interstate highways?

6. ?YES ?NO B3. Shall the United States reduce the financing from 90% to 80% of all construction and maintenance costs for highways designated as “Federally-Assisted” Primary and Secondary highways?

7. ?YES ?NO C1. Shall the United States abolish the Department of Education and transfer all functions and funding to state and territorial agencies without stipulations?

8. ?YES ?NO C2. Shall the United States consolidate the Departments of Commerce and Labor into a single Department and transfer at least 50% of the functions and funding to state and territorial agencies without stipulations?

9. ?YES ?NO C3. Shall the United States abolish the Department of Homeland Security and transfer its functions to the Department of Defense while reducing funding and staffing by at least 50%?

10. ?YES ?NO D1. Shall the United States Congress send to the States a constitutional amendment limiting terms of Senators to two (total 12 years)?

11. ?YES ?NO D2. Shall the United States Congress send to the States a constitutional amendment limiting terms of Representatives to four (total eight years)?

12. ?YES ?NO D3. Shall the United States Congress send to the States a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget except in time of declared war?

13. ?YES ?NO E1. Shall the United States eliminate all federal laws related to homicide and attempted homicide, leaving all jurisdiction over such crimes strictly to the states, tribes, and territories, except for persons on active military duty?

Please keep in mind this is just a mental exercise, with very little thought of what issues might be appropriate, and from a definitely minarchist, not anarchist, perspective. I include several questions on similar issues to illustrate how a ballot like this would need to be carefully tuned and NOT be like ballot issues often are on state level with hundreds of words of detail and micromanagement. These are just a baker’s dozen of the hundreds or thousands of issues that could be addressed, and probably not the most important by any means. Notice I didn’t even touch on things like the War on Some Drugs, health care, abortion, or religion in the “public domain.”

Do I think something like this could happen? No. Would it even be desirable? Hard to say. But it is fun to contemplate, and perhaps instructive as well.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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One Response to Politics 2016: Baker’s Dozen ™ Federal Ballot Issues (what-if)

  1. Darkwing says:

    1,2,3,4: NO, 5 thru 13: YES Did I pass??

    Like

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