Why Do We Let Congressmen Change Their Votes?
April 15, 2011 Leave a comment
The hilarious tale of how Nancy Pelosi nearly snookered Republicans into passing a budget that reflects their true policy preferences brings up an interesting question. Why do we let the two parties continuously change the votes of their members until they have the electoral-performance-maximizing total? It encourages votes based on electoral politics instead of candidates true beliefs. A politician’s vote will always be influenced by their next election, but that influence is growing because we allow congressmen to get their preferred policy outcome without having to vote for it.