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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I wonder what they will demand. Do you think they will demand a functional government that serves the people? Can government employees be fired? If not, why should they be allowed to fire their bosses?

    It makes very little sense.
    I find your position to be perplexing and nonsensical.
    Maybe it is just the way you presented it.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Yes because public employees are servants. Servants don't make demands. Servants serve. It's disgusting that government employees vote. They should be shot and hung (yes, both) for committing such a high crime.



    Then it's fine. The ultimate authority is 'we the people'. The people are the boss. It is completely appropriate that they have a say in government.
    Are you serious?

    You are saying that a bureaucrat or a soldier should be killed for voting?

    If you are, that is the most ridiculous thing I recall reading on here in a long time...if ever.

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    I see you understand their being citizens is the rational that supports that position.


    I realize that this may not come as a surprise coming from someone with the user name I have, but the two are in no way connected.
    I have always had a problem with Law Enforcement advocating/lobbying for crime laws.
    As they are there to enforce the laws on the books, not come up with more things to criminalize or rights to infringe upon.

    On one hand, it just seems to be one big conflict of interest that should be disallowed. But on the other, those individual citizens have a right to advocate on their own and in groups for any changes they want.
    So I default to the individuals right over that which I think to be wrong.
    I would tend to agree.

    Yet.

    I see a conflict between the rights of individuals not employed by the public sector, and those who are.

    Since, effectively, public sector employees have (especially in a collective sense) more influence than private sector employees.


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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Yes because public employees are servants. Servants don't make demands. Servants serve. It's disgusting that government employees vote. They should be shot and hung (yes, both) for committing such a high crime.



    Then it's fine. The ultimate authority is 'we the people'. The people are the boss. It is completely appropriate that they have a say in government.
    It never ceases to amuse me that republicons are constantly searching for a reason to keep Americans from voting.
    BTW ...you do understand that Public Servant does not mean the same as slave servant ...don't you?

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by RogueWarrior View Post
    Some people say that anyone receiving government money should not vote. Some people think it is a conflict of interest.
    WTF? What about the CEOs of big business who receive government subsides ...or farmers who get the same... What about politicians and their families? Or military personnel?
    Should they all be banned from the polls as well?

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    So they have a vested interest in who wins. It's the nature of representative government that everyone has a vested interest in who wins.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    WTF? What about the CEOs of big business who receive government subsides ...or farmers who get the same... [...] Or military personnel?
    Those arguments always fail, as those supposed subsidies benefit society as a whole, where as subsidies to individuals do not.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    By your logic, every one with an interest in a candidate would not be allowed to vote.

    So that leaves WHO left over?

    RIch cant vote
    Public employees cant vote
    Corps cant vote..........
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    If a conflict of interest exists at all, I suspect it is most pronounced when a public employee union is involved.

    A hypothetical example:

    Two candidates running for a position in state government.
    One candidate supports additional funding to X state agency.
    The union employees of said agency belong to provides financial and other support to that candidate, and they end up winning.
    They implement their policy, and the state agency in question grows, providing additional job opportunities and pay for it's employees.

    Maybe I'm overthinking things, but I tend to see a slight conflict of interests in that.


    Everyone should have the right to vote, including ex felons..

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    I view voting as a privilege and not a right, and so I believe conditions ought to be in place to ensure our government is run as effectively as possible.

    I think there ought to be certain education standards that need to be met in order to vote. I think the age limit needs to be raised from 18 to 30. I think one ought to be employed in order to vote.

    However, I would not exclude public employees from voting. Nothing about them being public employees incapacitates them from understanding politics or voting with a sound mind.

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