California Is Not a State of Mind
I’ll readily admit that I follow politics just enough to have a couple of current topics to discuss with my more-driven friends. I wouldn’t say I’m “casual” about politics by any means. I care about politics and I feel outrage at much of the shit I see going down in the name of freedom, patriotism, or security. I routinely try to learn more about whatever issue of the moment is blowin’ up the Internets. The problem is that there is just too much. I get overwhelmed by the depth and complications of a particular issue, and just don’t have the energy required to learn. I find my eyes glazing over before I’ve gleaned enough information to really find out where I stand.
One of the latest political items is fairly easy to understand, and the magnitude of the issue is such that I’m able to focus myself and learn, even though it’s happening in another state. The main gist of it is that there is an initiative going around in California to restructure how electoral college votes are cast. We can certainly discuss the larger merits and drawbacks of the electoral college at another time. Seriously, I’ll even bring the beers. Right now though, the system is in place in all states. The push in California is do away with the winner-take-all system, and instead proportion the votes based on the actual district results. As California routinely as a whole votes the democratic ticket, the end result would be to take away from the Dems and give to the poor. Perhaps this is why it is funded to an overwhelming degree by an extremely rich GOP law firm.
My thought is that ultimately this is a better system, and will be more fair if accepted widely. But if it’s done selectively like this it is even worse than the varying-sized-pie-pieces way we do things now.
Oh, and in another example of careful framing, this proposed act is called the a”Presidential Election Reform Act”. That name sounds pretty fair and equitable, right?