Pat Sajak writes an NRO column for the ages:
[S]hould state workers be able to vote in state elections on matters that would benefit them directly? The same question goes for federal workers in federal elections.
I’m not suggesting that public employees should be denied the right to vote, but that there are certain cases in which their stake in the matter may be too great. Of course we all have a stake in one way or another in most elections, and many of us tend to vote in favor of our own interests. However, if, for example, a ballot initiative appears that might cap the benefits of a certain group of state workers, should those workers be able to vote on the matter? Plainly, their interests as direct recipients of the benefits are far greater than the interests of others whose taxes support such benefits.
This is a great idea. Citizens should only be able to vote on things that don’t affect them. We could set up independent “voting panels” and they can decide what things people can vote on. And then we can publish how individuals voted so if we figure out that if someone benefited from voting, we can retroactively take that vote away.
As my grandkids would say, “cool beans.” This is the best idea that has ever appeared on The Corner and I think it is demonstrative of The Corner’s general quality vis-a-vis thinking things through and having good ideas about cool things that are not at all stupid. You really “solved the puzzle.”
Also too, the ball’s in your court, Ben Stein.