I have 2 problems with non-voters.
The first comes up every time I hear someone complaining about the United States government. Usually, the first question I ask is if they voted in the last election. If they haven't, I have no interest in hearing any further complaints and I say as much during the conversation and refuse to discuss the subject any further. Every once in a while, people are asked to give their opinion by voting. I am not going to waste my time listening to the opinion of those who have already refused to give said opinion by refusing to vote. For one, people who show so little regard for the system aren't going to be changing my mind. Two, even if I somehow persuade someone to change their views on the subject, if they aren't voting, it doesn't matter.
The second problem is just one of demographics. Look at the demographics of voters by income from 2008
From page 3:
|Family Income||Number of Voters (thousands)|
|$20k - $30k||7,869|
|$30k - $40k||10,051|
|$40k - $50k||8,202|
|$50k - $75k||21,765|
|$75k - $100k||14,844|
Politicians cater to the people who actually vote, that's how they get their jobs.
Why did it take so long for the U.S. to even TRY to have some sort of universal healthcare? Who on that list is going to most need healthcare coverage? Those on the lowest end of the income and the ones least represented in the vote. What incentive does a politician really have when trying to appease the smallest group among his constituency? Really, none at all.
Alternatively, who has the best tax rates in the country? Those on the higher end of the income bracket and those most represented during voting.
The U.S. government has its problems, I don't dispute that at all; however, in my opinion the U.S. pretty much does have the government it deserves.