April 21, 2010

TOO RUBE GOLDBERG:

Linking Voting Rights With Taxes Paid (WALTER WILLIAMS, 4/20/10, IBD)

Here's my perhaps politically incorrect question: If one has no financial stake in our country, how much of a say-so should he have in its management? Let's put it another way: I do not own stock, and hence have no financial stake, in Ford Motor Co. Do you think I should have voting rights or any say-so in the management of the company? I'm guessing that the average sane person's answer is no.

You say, "Williams, just where are you heading with this?" I'm not proposing that we take voting rights away from those who do not pay taxes. What I'm suggesting is that every American gets one vote in every federal election, plus another vote for each $20,000 he pays in federal taxes.

With such a system, there'd be a modicum of linkage between one's financial stake in our country and his decision-making right. Of course, unequal voting power could be reduced by legislating lower taxes.


One's franchise should instead just be predicated on paying more in taxes than one receives. But there are a few other worthwhile reforms

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2010 5:17 AM
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