3. Which political power given to the supreme court could have prevented them from doing this, if it were not to exist? It seems to me that it is their decision, and the only way to prevent the ability to make said decision is to not have a supreme court at all.
4. I've worked at Walmart and Ikea as a part time employee in recent years . The first allowed me to take off two hours, if I so chose, to go vote. The latter let me take off the whole day and gave me PTO (independent of my regular earned PTO) to do it. If jobs like these allow people to vote, I have a hard time believing more white-collared positions wouldn't. Although I guess one can go vote on one's very long lunch breaks in those positions.
3. I don't believe money is the same as free speech. I don't believe in getting away from the court. We just need a reverse on the decision.
4. I work manufacturing and they would rather us build server boards than go out and vote. Perhaps some or most private companies give their employees time off to vote but that isn't the case in my experience.
Just wanted to point out that I liked your 1 and 2 response.
3. It is pretty tough to reverse a decision. Often when judges (lower than the supreme court) make decisions regarding a relevant case they'll look for a precedent case decided by the Supreme Court, and since the Supreme Court already made a decision, it likely won't reach them again for a very long time. And even if it did reach them again, it might not be so likely that they'd vote against superpacs. So that leaves a constitutional amendment as the next option, but I think congress is even less likely to decide towards your desired position - they (more than anyone else) are the primary benificiaries of Super-Pacs. Like political parties, there isn't much anybody can do with regard to this.
4. I suppose not all companies do this, but many seem to. Nevertheless, like I said, I think if people who aren't very likely to vote in the first place when given the option of leisure or going to vote, they will generally choose leisure. So I am unsure if a national holiday would really bolster votes that much, unless people made it a sort of tradition to go out and vote like they do with regards to shopping and black friday.
Thanks, overall this a good thread. Political systems are never really perfect, so we definitely should talk about how to make them better.