Steven Greenhut Asks If Direct Democracy Has Outlived Its Usefulness

The initiative process has been
subject to the same sleaziness and self-interest common
to all political endeavors, which sparks regular calls for reform.
Many initiatives are pushed by special interests or serve mainly to
enrich insiders. Others are sold to the public in wildly dishonest
ways. Unfortunately, some recent initiative reforms have also been
more about self-interest than about helping the public have a more
fair and informed political debate. There’s a good argument for
reform, writes Steven Greenhut, but voters have to be just as
careful about proposals to change the process as they should be
about ballot initiatives.

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from Hit & Run

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