In the March 26 Advocate, state Treasurer John Kennedy expressed the idea that the Jindal tax plan should be put before the voters, “where democracy works at its best.”
I’m certain our Founding Fathers would emphatically disagree with Kennedy. These types of issues are precisely why they established our form of government as a republic, not a democracy.
Democracies, where a direct-vote majority determines a course of action, tend to fail when those issues involve greed. Republics, where elected representatives act in accordance with established law, tend to make better decisions in such matters.
In this case, most voters would likely vote with their pocketbooks — for the plan if they save money and against it if it costs them more — without regard to whether or not the plan is fair or good for our state. As imperfect as our Legislature can be, I would still trust them more to assess all of the issues and make a better decision.