Tom Perkins, supposedly in jest, says that tying voting power to the amount of taxes you pay would bring about so many changes.
Aside from the fact that this is a complete affront to democracy (no, the United States government is NOT a corporation), let's count the ways in which this is a really, really horrendous idea, even from the perspective of men of Perkins' wealth.
1. They would actually have to pay their taxes. You know, in order to get more votes. No more taking every tax deduction imaginable, because now your tax bill determines how much political power you have.
2. The rich aren't all Koch brothers types. Some of them, in fact, are out-and-out liberals. George Soros would have a ton more votes, and he isn't exactly a fan of the right-wing agenda, shall we say. Warren Buffett's newfound voting power would probably make Nebraska a blue state all by itself (since, you know, there aren't a whole lot of other rich people in Nebraska to outvote him, believe it or not.) Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, who along with Buffett are the three wealthiest men in America, are not Republicans. You sure you want them having more votes than you, Tom?
3. Should Perkins actually get his way and his taxes be lowered to zero, his voting rights would be taken away.
I am not sure Mr. Perkins has thought this all the way through.