president urges consideration of mandatory voting

This morning President Obama said that mandatory voting "would be transformative" in this country and it would "counteract money" and its influence in the political process.

Twenty-six countries currently feature mandatory voting, which is usually enforced by a fine or the loss of government benefits. (Republicans often want to tie welfare benefits to seemingly unrelated factors such as drug use. I wonder how they would feel about using this method to force recipients to vote.) I have long been very excited about mandatory voting, but have considered this a pie-in-the-sky dream that would never even get a hearing in the United States. It was so exciting to see the president himself advocating at least the discussion of such a policy.

It's a good idea. Think about it...then discuss amongst yourselves.