❄ Democracy Vouchers
Lawrence Lessig proposes [Note 1] addressing the problem of money in US politics by instituting democracy vouchers. Heres how they would work:
… we could adopt a system of small-dollar public funding for Congress.
Heres just one way: almost every voter pays at least $50 in some form of federal taxes. So imagine a system that gave a rebate of that first $50 in the form of a democracy voucher. That voucher could then be given to any candidate for Congress who agreed to one simple condition: the only money that candidate would accept to finance his or her campaign would be either democracy vouchers or contributions from citizens capped at $100. …
Lessigs option addresses the supply question. [Candidates declining the terms for democracy vouchers risk being penalized at the polls.] But it doesnt deal with the demand problem. Candidates would still need money—and loophole-exploiting friends or issue-focused fronts—to compete. So: good as far as it goes. The next question. How could we, following Lessigs spirit, wholly suppress big money?
[Political Design 2011.11.20. Post A34. Short Link p=5. http://design.learnworld.com For archive through April 2010 go to http://www.learnworld.com/blog/design.html]