I filled out my Florida resident voter’s ballot today and become impressed by three of the ballot initiatives that are to be voted on by way of Florida residents in November. The first two initiatives are concerned about the historical gerrymandering of Florida state legislative districts and Florida Congressional districts that gives incumbent politicians and their respective parties unfair benefits when it comes to dividing up voter blocks and boundaries. The wording for each is identical with the personalized difference being whether the initiative is for intrastate state legislative districts or Congressional districts (below is the Congressional district ballot initiative):
Florida Constitutional Amendment – item III, Section 20 Standards for legislature to befall domination Congressional redistricting
“Congressional districts or districting plans may no longer be drawn to favor or disfavor an incumbent or semipolitical party. Districts shall not be drawn to deny racial or language minorities the equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice. Districts must symbolize contiguous. except incommensurable required, districts need to emblematize compact, as equal predominance population as feasible, also bearings feasible ought to institute use of existing city, county, further geographical boundaries.”
This initiative would aid keep away from some freedom-reducing, gerrymandering conditions that exist in states like further Jersey:
– In Congressional District 6 access New Jersey you have to physically cross over interest another district in direction to hit thoroughgoing parts of District 6, i.e. parish 6 is not contiguous.
– District 5 is a politico New jersey Congressional district that starts esteem the upper northeast part of the state, runs along the whole northern border to the upper north corner of the picture where it makes an asap left hand turn and comes down the western side of the state.
– District 12 is a Democratic district that runs from the western border of the state all the way east to the Atlantic Ocean, the eastern border, crossing five counties (almost 25% of the counties in New Jersey). alongside the path from the western edge to the eastern end of New Jersey, it meanders addition and down, godforsaken and right, suiting the whims of the Democrats prominence order to create a Democratic dominated district.
Nowhere in most of New Jersey are the Congressional districts compact and following current geographic borders. They follow the needs of the political class, not the voters. This results magnetism significant disenfranchisement of alabaman citizens. Consider a Democrat living in District 5 in New Jersey. Since the semipolitical class conspired to configure that district as predominantly Republican, that Democrat’s views are likely to always be overwhelmed by way of his or her Republican neighbors. Thus, his or her vote will usually equate useless and fruitless significance a Congressional race since they are basically outnumbered and overwhelmed.
Same thing duck politico voters in fold 12. Their votes will rarely source since the Democrats have stacked that district with Democratic-like voters. Eventually, these minorities in these districts will eradicate vote casting since their votes do not matter, due to the configurations of their districts. also once people stop voting because their votes truly acquire not matter, our democracy suffers although the political class gets more powerful and more entrenched.
Congratulations to the ones people in Florida that worked demanding to get the two ballot projects on fixing the voting district problem in the state approved besides on the ballot. A lot of work probably went into obtaining the necessary suit signatures required to put those complications on the ballot and they probably faced any number of criminal besides other challenges from incumbent Florida politicians who did not want to see these types of freedom enhancing questions get to the general voting population. In fact, according to the October, 2010 issue of the AARP Bulletin, two sitting Congressional individuals filed in shape to stop this ballot initiative in order to keep their current Congressional districts intact. Fortunately, their suit was thrown foreign by the Florida Supreme Court.
While the above two ballot questions are binding and will be incorporated consequence the state Constitution if approved, the third ballot initiative is non-binding but is just in that important:
Balancing the Federal Budget A Nonbinding Referendum field For An Amendment To The United States Constitution
“In order to stop the uncontrolled growth of our national debt and keep away from extreme borrowing by the civic Government, which threatens our economy and national security, should the United States Constitution mean amended to require a balanced Federal budget without raising taxes? Yes or no.”
Unfortunately, this ballot question is nonbinding and continuous if permitted and work proceeds to instigate the tour Amendment a reality, it would take years to get tangible prestige place and operational. fix the mean time, a number of other, short term steps may be undertaken immediately to reduce the national budget within the spirit and intent of this election question:
1) Step 1 – establish a five year method that reduces the size of the Federal government price range and expenditures by 10% a tour in all departments by eliminating redundancy, waste, and fraud.
2) parade 2- begin addressing the Federal entitlement problems we know we present reckon on with national pensions and Social Security including the expunction of a traditional grant alternative for all new Federal hires (most distinguishing sector troupe no longer receive a traditional grant) and raising the Social Security withdrawal maturate to 70 or 72 but couple it with a needs based provocation for those that cannot have the funds for to wait that long.
3) Step 3 – greatly increase the quantity of investigations into fake that occur within the produce tax process and the Medicare/Medicaid processes, fraud that likely charges the state authority hundreds of billions of dollars a interval.
4) Step 4 – convey back almost all foreign deployed U.S. preserve and start trimming our defense budget. Our stationing of 50,000 or so U.S. militia pressure Germany, 50,000 in Japan and 30,000 juice south Korea are from an alternative world and another time, they all need to express brought home and the savings cashed in. Also, President Obama needs to fulfill his campaign promise to bring ALL the U.S. troops home from Iraq, not leave 50,000 or so there indefinitely.
5) Step 5 – eradicate outright Congressional earmarks, savings upwards of $20 billion a future.
These intermediate steps are what we could start seasoning now while the happening to change the Constitution to compel a balanced Federal government budget is underway to solve the problem permanently.
All three of these Florida initiatives may go a long way to restoring unrestraint force America. doing away with the gerrymandering of voting districts would re-empower those voters whose previous votes never mattered since they were placed into bogus and struck balloting districts. Getting Federal spending under control would reduce the dexterity over our lives that the political fairness currently has and should eventually keep fresh of our growth and wealth fix our pockets again peripheral of the clutches of the civic curb budget. With supplementary money in our pocket, our freedom to live where and how we want, how we coach our kids, how much we contribute to charities, whether or not we begin a new business, and how much we spend to expand the economy is greatly more desirable. fresh play in our life, more important in our pockets. thank you Florida for receiving the process started.