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Ezra Klein's thought experiment, revised.

Ezra Klein forwards a question: Should the votes of the young count more than the votes of the old?

If your response to this is that it’s crazy and offensive, that all American adults are equal and so is their vote, you might want to familiarize yourself with the U.S. Senate, where a Wyoming resident’s vote is worth almost 70 times as much as a Californian’s, or the electoral college, where the presidency could be won by a candidate who loses the popular vote 4:1.

Klein might want to re-read the Federalist Papers, but nevertheless, it's an interesting thought to ponder. How about this one: Since he's so concerened with the consequences of political decisions, why not give proportional weight to the votes of the productive and unproductive. The more you pay in taxes the more your vote counts. This way those who vote to increase the size of government but contribute little to keeping that government afloat can sit on the sidelines? You know, just a thought.


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