This comes across to me as an attempt to grant rights without the associated responsibilities, which disrupts the incentives.
Bakers need to spend time and money maintaining baking hardware, keep baking software up to date and well-connected to the network, invest a significant amount of capital to obtain at least one roll, lock ~10% of their staking balance as bond, and risk having those bonds slashed. And that doesn’t count time or money spent on any kind of social outreach or marketing to try to attract delegators.
In return, we earn block rewards and gain voting privileges. When Arthur designed Tezos, he envisioned bakers keeping 100% of the block rewards for themselves. But in an effort to attract delegators, most bakers forward 85-95% of the block rewards to their delegators, which means the only exclusive benefit of baking is voting.
I’m wondering why bakers should have to put in all the time, effort, money, and risk, if everyone else gets all the same privileges. I don’t think getting ~6% annually in block rewards instead of ~5.5% is worth it. My funds would have far greater returns put into Liquidity Baking or other DeFi. Is it really an unfair compromise to ask delegators (the ones who care, anyway) to be more involved and conscientious about which baker they delegate to? Is it really that unfair to ask them to choose their representative and then change to a different one if they don’t like how they voted? Sure, they don’t get the immediate gratification of a vote going their way if their baker votes against their wishes. But I don’t think it’s unfair to ask them to wait a couple of weeks for their choice of a new representative to go into effect in exchange for not requiring any of the baking costs (time, effort, money) of them.
Tezos uses a Proof of Stake consensus mechanism. People who have nothing at stake shouldn’t be able to override the wishes of the people who do have something at stake.
The current method for delegators who wish to have an immediate and direct vote during voting periods is for them to become bakers themselves. That is called an incentive. We want to incentivize that behavior because having more bakers is good for decentralization and good for Tezos, especially with the changes Tenderbake is bringing in Ithaca. Granting people the rights of being a baker without requiring them to bake disincentivizes people from becoming (or remaining as) bakers, which is bad for decentralization and bad for Tezos.
In my opinion, if you want the rights then you need to take upon yourself the responsibilities as well. The long-term consequences of doing otherwise are not good.