Everything About The Way We Vote Must Change, Part 2

IMG_0274I can’t emphasize enough primaries and easier access to voting as I talked about in Part 1. Let a candidate come to New York for their first primary, see how well they fare. It bothers me a lot that inconsequential states like Iowa and New Hampshire can make or break a candidate. Who are they? Also to reemphasize about easier voting. This is a must. No more talk of voter suppression; all states should have voting by mail and/or voting online. We must stop making it difficult, or inconvenient for people to vote.

Electoral College This needs to end. Maybe it was feasible when our Country had 12 states, it’s not now. Winning the vote means you win the most votes. George Bush won the election when he was 500,000 votes behind Al Gore? That’s not right. I live in New York. New York is a Blue state so I could say I don’t even need to vote. Everyone needs to vote. And majority rules. I am sure there are other people in Red states who might vote DEM and their vote is overwhelmed by GOP votes. This needs to stop. One person one vote. This will make candidates talk to the populist and their issues rather than cow-tow to the loud voices of the right or left wing. They should be speaking for America, not fringe groups with agendas.

The Senate I don’t think it is right for the Senate of the U.S. to have 2 representatives per state. That is not democracy. Tiny states shouldn’t have the same voting rights as large states. We should have the number of Senators per state based on the population of the state. This would make the government run much smoother. No more letting the few who are pandering to a vast minority to obstruct our government to the point of complete paralysis as it has been for the last 5 years. What is happening today in the United States is an exact replay of the Great Depression. The last few years, as in the 1930s, you have a base of people who think austerity is the answer. If we look at history we will know that austerity is what caused the second recession and kept the U.S. in Depression for over a decade. Having more voices in the Senate can change that.

Other things to think about 

Term limits is something to consider. Although with what is going on today, the lunatic tea party is being somewhat curtailed by the old guard. So, term limits would get rid of the old and let the insane run the asylum. But, on the other hand, maybe they would be good. Letting new people come into govern and it might help the culture of corruption. I am undecided on this issue, let me know what you think.

You have to ask yourself at some point, why hasn’t president Obama, or Bush, changed the tax laws so corporations aren’t able to save tax dollars by keeping Trillions overseas? The American people would be behind that. The American people would be behind tax incentives for hiring right here in America. Why doesn’t that change?

It makes you wonder, who really is running this Country. Stay tuned for Part 3.



Everything About the Way We Vote Must Change, Part I

BocaThe way our Country votes is completely undemocratic. On just about every level I believe everything must change. Perhaps this is a fantasy, since it seems like we are owned by “big money” and lobbyists, but without changes we should no longer call ourselves a real democracy.

Primaries This is a great place to start. Why do we continue to have a set schedule of primaries that lets potential candidates kiss up to people in Iowa and New Hampshire? Why should those states have so much say in the vetting process? They don’t represent me, or probably most of the Country. It’s nauseating to watch potential candidates going to those states for the purpose of the primaries. I say immediately stop this unfair practice and one year before a presidential election have some sort of lottery that sets which states and what dates primaries will be held. That way candidates will be vetted by a broader section of the people.

Voting  Why do we have an archaic voting system that makes you go wait in line at some public school for hours at a time to vote? You wonder why there is such a low turn out in elections, that’s why! This is the 21st Century, we have the technology to do much more, make it much easier for people to place their votes. Seems the IRS can locate each and every one of us, know how much we have earned, contact us directly and get their money. All done confidentially. Why can’t we use some of that kind of technology to either let people vote by mail or vote on their smart phones? This would cause such a revolution, imagine 100% of the population voting. If you don’t have a smart phone or access to a computer voting by mail should be an option. And make the return envelope have postage on it.

This would be a game changer. No more photo ID arguments or changing early voting, or people having to get on a bus to go vote. Everyone, through a cleared method similar to what the IRS does, could vote any time they want. Obviously you couldn’t mail in your vote on election day, time periods would have to be set. The goal is to get everyone to vote.

Money The SCOTUS decision to allow anonymous money in elections was so wrong in so many ways. Money should be completely taken out of politics and elections. Fundraising should not be something politicians have to think about. We elect them to govern and legislate. Not pimp themselves out so they can run again. People in government shouldn’t only be rich people who can self fund a campaign or people who know rich people.

This is the first in a series I will be doing. Let me know what you think.

Why Isn’t Technology More Intuitive ** It Is, It’s Just About Advertising

IMG_0844I ask myself this question a lot, whether texting, emailing, doing searches. It can be maddening.

Let’s start with auto correct with emails and texts and tweets and everything else. I can’t even finish typing in a word before the auto correct goes into effect and changes what I am typing to something I have never typed before. What’s all this bullshit with Apple and the others that the device with learn how you communicate and auto correct will facilitate that? By changing any number of words to something I have never typed before? I am stressing never typed before because that is not a device learning from what I have typed in the past. As everyone knows it’s maddening if you don’t re-read your communication (which I generally don’t) before sending it out because auto correct puts words in that make it look like I don’t understand the English language.

In a perfect world, not only would something like auto correct fill in words I use a lot rather than ones I never use. But it would also help with grammar. So many people make the mistake of your and you’re, then and than, affect and effect. It would be nice if the all touted auto correct help with those. And, not just to correct our mistakes, but so we can learn from it.

The we get to searches. I generally, ok always, use google. Every time I do a search I have to pull down like 3 menu bars to get to “date range of search.” One would think that after doing that on 90% of my searches the all mighty and powerful google would learn that and have that option open to me front and center after my search. But, no.

Almost 100% of the time if I am doing a search on something I don’t want results from 2008. I want them from the last month, 6 months. This puts me, the consumer, having to click through 3 or more menu bars to get what I am looking for.

Then there is the epiphany; the technology is there to do everything I have discussed above. Companies don’t bother making the user experience better. They are appealing to advertisers. So the advertisers can more precisely target potential clients.

That’s all well and good and the nature of the beast. But, what if the public gets sick of lame google searches, knowing the search isn’t about you or your convenience it’s about advertising dollars. I was on the Barneys website recently looking at sunglasses. Now, every ad I see is for sunglasses. There is a tipping point, there is a time when you get so disgusted with the intrusion on your searches just to feed you ads that it backfires on the company doing the advertising.

As I have said before, online advertising is out of control. It’s time to take a step back. Remember who buys things and start catering to them. Fix auto correct. Google make your searches more intuitive for me, not people you sell ads to.

Unfortunately people will take my advice about 5 years to late, when consumer sentiment for companies and products is negative.