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Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:47 AM

Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes

Tom Perkins suggested Thursday that only taxpayers should have the right to vote -- and that wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes.

The venture capitalist offered the unorthodox proposal when asked to name one idea that would "change the world" at a speaking engagement in San Francisco moderated by Fortune's Adam Lashinsky.

"The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes," Perkins said.

"But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How's that?"

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/14/investing/tom-perkins-vote/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Reply Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes (Original post)
IDemo Feb 2014 OP
alp227 Feb 2014 #1
pacalo Feb 2014 #9
Enthusiast Feb 2014 #13
Live and Learn Feb 2014 #17
A-Schwarzenegger Feb 2014 #2
LuvNewcastle Feb 2014 #6
SamKnause Feb 2014 #3
Demeter Feb 2014 #14
roguevalley Feb 2014 #4
renate Feb 2014 #5
blkmusclmachine Feb 2014 #11
TexasTowelie Feb 2014 #7
eShirl Feb 2014 #8
socialist_n_TN Feb 2014 #20
bravenak Feb 2014 #10
Brigid Feb 2014 #12
Sancho Feb 2014 #15
The Wizard Feb 2014 #18
dickthegrouch Feb 2014 #19
erpowers Feb 2014 #16

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:52 AM

1. Already happened

CITIZENS UNITED.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:04 AM

9. +1.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:00 AM

13. +2

Great toon too.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:40 AM

17. +3 Actually, it has been happening

for a long time, CU just means it will continue unabated.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:56 AM

2. Or the poor get 3/5ths of a vote.

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Response to A-Schwarzenegger (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:27 AM

6. We could just let the rich vote for us and they get to add

3/5 of the total of all their employees. I guess we're about to find out if Sean Hannity reads DU.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:08 AM

3. I have a counter proposal.

If you are worth more than a million dollars you do not get to vote, or participate in the political arena at all.(No ads or PACs)

This includes corporations.

It does not include unions; one exception The Fraternal Order of Police.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:15 AM

14. I think your idea has merit.

But wealth would be driven even more underground to get the right to franchise.

Better to just stick with one person/one vote. It's simple enough to explain to an idiot...like Perkins.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:19 AM

4. i have a better idea and I volunteer to implement it. Let's just kick him in the balls

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:20 AM

5. wow. that's... shameless

I guess he just came out and said what the plutocrats are all thinking.

It's amazing that these people feel comfortable saying this stuff out loud. They probably know we can hear them, but they just don't care. (And, to be fair--ever since Citizens United, why should they care?)

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Response to renate (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:16 AM

11. They begrudge your 1 vote, which counts for next to nothing if you're a DEM in TX or GOP in CALIF.

Disgusting!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:39 AM

7. I have an idea.

Why don't we have the IRS confiscate every penny from this asshole (and those like him) and let them learn what life is like when they doesn't have the privileges associated with wealth? If Perkins is willing to go along with this idea, then we can discuss how many votes he will get, but not without presenting him another tax bill to be paid in full before he gets to vote.

I doubt that Perkins deserves any votes to begin with since he probably hid his assets to avoid any tax liability.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:54 AM

8. Doesn't realize he's steadily making a case for the socialists' arguements, does he?

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Response to eShirl (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:23 PM

20. Why yes, yes he is........

But that's all right. We've all known they THINK like this, but most of them are not so stupid to actually say it out right. But we can't really blame them too much. The entire system is set up to encourage this type of mentality.

Capitalism is, at it's core, incompatible with democracy.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:07 AM

10. I'll roshambo him for the votes.

I go first.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:46 AM

12. Hello,Mr. Perkins?

Alexander Hamilton called. He wants you to quit stealing his ideas.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:30 AM

15. All the more reason to raise taxes....

so that Perkins has the same vote as the rest of us....

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Response to Sancho (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:41 AM

18. Go back to the tax rates of the 50s

You must pay for the amount of government you want to own.
Anyone thinking government should be run like a business should think about the 2008 economic meltdown caused by unfettered free market wholesale looting of the economy by Wall Street shysters.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 01:10 PM

19. You must pay for the amount of government you want to own.

I love this

Wizard, you're a genius.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 06:35 AM

16. Old Man In Need of Attention

After reading the story about Tom Perkins' latest quote, I think he is an old man in need of attention. When asked about his comment, he said he was trying to be outrageous and that the comment would make people more angry than his Nazi comment. His comments are about getting his name in the news. He realizes that if he makes extremely obnoxious comments he will get a great deal of attention.

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