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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.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, cosette, Calamity Jean

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 02:58:03 PM PST

  •  "Alpaca" by H. L. Hunt in late 60s. (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    This political fantasy novel by one of the cronies of Louis Welch and a founder of the John Birchers and the current devil's brew of crazies wrote in his novel that votes were be allocated on the basis of taxes paid, one vote per dollar of taxes paid.  

    This isn't new and probably existed prior to Hunt.

    Plus this has already been diaried.


    The truth is we are tortured by the truth.

    by walkshills on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 04:16:01 PM PST

  •  Probably Mr. Perkins doesn't need to do actual (2+ / 0-)
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    cosette, OooSillyMe

    "thinking," as such; he would get by with "scheming."  BTW, was it Heilleman--scifi writer--who posited a system where only veterans had the vote?

  •  Link to Tom Perkin's article (1+ / 0-)
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    This is where he outlines this 'idea'

    Tom Perkins, the legendary venture capitalist who provoked a firestorm by comparing the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the way rich people are treated in the United States, on Thursday offered a provocative idea about how to “change the world.” During an interview with a Fortune magazine jornalist, Perkins said that only U.S. taxpayers should be able to vote in elections.

    But that’s not all. Perkins went on to say that wealthy people should get more votes than others because they pay more in taxes. The comments by Perkins, who made his fortune as one of the founders of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, provoked laughter at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, where he was being interviewed by Adam Lashinsky of Fortune. Perkins would later say that his comments were meant to be “provocative,” according to Reuters, and at least one reporter at the event said the 82-year-old later claimed he wasn’t being serious.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 07:37:52 PM PST

    •  82 years old? (2+ / 0-)
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      tmservo433, OooSillyMe

      For all the flack that baby boomers receive, it's these guys who are trying to collapse the system in their golden years. If they can't take it with them, then no one can.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:58:59 PM PST

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