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    Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    I sometimes ask myself this, and it seems so contrary to how things ought to be that I tend to dismiss it.

    The question usually occurs when I encounter some event/story which highlights the potential and/or actual conflict of interest when employees or (in the case of public employee unions) groups of employees can elect their employers.


    So I decided to put the question to you all: Should public employees be allowed to vote, and what rational supports your position?
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Should public employees be allowed to vote, and what rational supports your position?
    As citizens, of course they should.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    I sometimes ask myself this, and it seems so contrary to how things ought to be that I tend to dismiss it.

    The question usually occurs when I encounter some event/story which highlights the potential and/or actual conflict of interest when employees or (in the case of public employee unions) groups of employees can elect their employers.


    So I decided to put the question to you all: Should public employees be allowed to vote, and what rational supports your position?
    Is it a conflict of interest when public employees do it? What about when constituents do it?
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    As citizens, of course they should.
    See, that's usually my internal response to the question.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Is it a conflict of interest when public employees do it? What about when constituents do it?
    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.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Should public employees be allowed to vote?
    No. Government employees are servants not the boss. It is perverted when they start acting like the boss.

    When I was in the Marine Corps I never voted. That is the truth.

    In my county we have 1,200 county employees. The highest vote getter in the Republican Primary got less than 5,000 votes. I bet you that all 1,200 of those county employees are Republicans. Does anybody see how this can be a huge problem?

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Some people say that anyone receiving government money should not vote. Some people think it is a conflict of interest.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Is it a conflict of interest when public employees do it?
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker
    What about when constituents do it?
    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.

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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    See, that's usually my internal response to the question.
    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.
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    Re: Should public employees be allowed to vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    As citizens, of course they should.
    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.

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