In Part 1 of Disconnect(ed) we were able to define a group of voters in Calaveras County – a large majority group of voters. This majority is older, retired or semi-retired, and lives in their own single-family home. It has enough in common to beg two important questions: what do they (the majority) want, and are they getting it? In this Part 2 we will confine ourselves to the first question …
… We now come to what is meant by rational. Since we are being strictly Calaveras-specific, the question devolves to, given the common characteristics of the majority in Calaveras County, what characteristics of Calaveras County policies would be the most rational for that majority?
For us, our definition of rationality begins with a frank admission that it is irrational to expect any voter to vote for policies that result in harm to themselves or their family unless that harm is shared fairly, and / or there is an overriding benefit to those being harmed and / or the community at large.
Harm can be defined as physical harm, financial harm, or a reduction in the overall quality of life, e.g. reduced air quality, transportation bottlenecks, noise, etc.
So the first rational characteristic of County policies for the majority would be that they do no harm. Conversely, the other side of the coin would indicate that the second rational characteristic of County policy for the majority would be that it enhances their physical, financial, and over-all quality of life.
So, rationally, what are the issues the majority of voters in Calaveras County might reasonably agree upon?