Toledo Gets Run Like a Free-Market

After the massive defeat of Mayor Finkbeiner, and the Democratic Party following the scandals of 2007 (which, incidentally, wasn

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I think that the powerful would prefer a city manager form of government to a "strong mayor". If you are on the board of governors of a business (like Toledo) you would want the option of removing a "political" or "economic" liability (such as a mayor or city manager) if events were headed "south". Also, the contract would have to be drafted (rather like that for a CEO) that allowed the person to be removed when things started going badly. Otherwise, coalitions might form that would remove "the board of governors". Maybe the governing bodies would become very responsive to the environment.

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If your voting power is based on your annual income (before an election) then you would probably want to continue to increase your income (unless you have a "wealth" of votes supporting you). It would be interesting to see how much personal wealth vs. coalition-building would influence elections. Would only the wealthiest income earners be elected to council or would politically savvy "glad-handers" garner their support?

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If everyone was allowed one vote for each dollar of income when the final vote was tallied anyone who cared to look (if there was advantage to this) would see the total income for all persons and corporations "resident" in Toledo. No more guessing, or fudging. Just "real" numbers (unless people decided their "votes" were less important that the tax break of "under-reporting" income.

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One area I failed to consider was the secret ballot. This is a quote from Wikipedia

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