Pat Sajak — yes, that Wheel of Fortune host — thinks that public employees shouldn’t be allowed to vote on things that directly benefit them.
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.
There you go, ladies and gentlemen: the perfect example of the term “blithering idiot.” I wonder how teachers, police, and firefighters would react to such an idea?
I think Pat is still pissed at being passed over for the nighttime version of Beat the Clock.