Pure democracies are inherently unstable. Exhibit A for why that is so:
Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The reason for the fiscal instability of a pure democracy was captured in a widely circulated quotation usually attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy . . .
Ocasio-Cortez has a list of goodies she wants the federal government to dispense, including Medicare for all, jobs guarantees, student loan forgiveness, free college, paid family leave, and Social Security expansion. The price tag is $40 trillion (with a “t”) over the next 10 years. We would have to more than double federal taxes to pay for it all.
When asked how she proposes to pay for all of this she responded, “the same way you pay for anything; you just pay for it.” It is truly frightening that someone as aggressively stupid as Ocasio-Cortez was not only elected to the United States House of Representatives, she was elected easily by a very wide margin.
The glory of the American system of government established by the Constitution is that it provides for majority rule with distinctly anti-majoritarian checks. It is, as it were, “democracy with adult supervision.” Ocasio-Cortez needs adult supervision. It does not take a genius to realize that if she ran the House and Sanders ran the Senate the county would go bankrupt so fast your head would spin.
Keep this in mind the next time you hear some pundit whine about how insufficiently democratic our federal government is. The Constitution did not establish a democracy. To which I say, thank God.
And , yes, this post has nothing to do with ID.