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Pay a Million Dollars in Taxes, Get a to Vote A Million Times!

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes

  @CRrileyCNN February 14, 2014: 8:22 AM ET

Perkins: $1M in taxes should get 1M votes
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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?"

The audience at the Commonwealth Club reacted with laughter. But Perkins offered no immediate indication that he was joking. Asked offstage if the proposal was serious, Perkins said: "I intended to be outrageous, and it was."

Perkins seemed to be aware that he was courting controversy, saying that his voting proposal would "make you more angry than my letter to the Wall Street Journal."

That letter, published last month, compared the supposed assault on the wealthy to a wave of Nazi attacks on Jews ahead of the Holocaust.

The letter sparked a public firestorm, and the venture capital firm he co-founded -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- distanced itself from his comments. Perkins has since allowed that the comparison went too far, but has not apologized for the overall message and his warning about anti-rich "radicalism."

Related story: The Super Rich are mad as hell - and doing great

Perkins: 'Extreme' taxes is persecution

The Perkins plan for determining who should be allowed to vote is likely to give his critics further ammunition.

For his part, Perkins shows no signs of backing down from his argument that the rich in America are under attack. Perkins said Thursday that the trend has grown since the election of President Obama -- who he described as an "amateur."

Pressed for examples of how the rich were being demonized, Perkins said that he feared higher taxes.

"The fear is wealth tax, higher taxes, higher death taxes -- just more taxes until there is no more 1%. And that that will creep down to the 5% and then the 10%," he said. To top of page


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Isn't this already possible? Wasn't that what the whole Citizens United ruling allowed?

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

UGh, these people just suck. I really wish they would be forced to live like normal people for just one month.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM


Quoting mikiemom:

UGh, these people just suck. I really wish they would be forced to live like normal people for just one month.


Here they can do just that in a whole FAKE poor villiage with walls to protect them from the real poor villiage

Rich Tourists Now Staying in Luxury ‘Shanty Towns’ So They Can Pretend to Be Poor

But don't worry, there's wifi.

It isn’t uncommon for wealthy travelers to visit economically struggling countries without ever interacting with the extreme poverty its citizens undergo on a daily basis. So a five-star South African resort decided to remedy this rich-kid travel ailment by creating something that is about500 times worse than… let’s call it idealistic ignorance.

Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa created a fake shanty town so that its wealthy clientele can pretend to slum it “within  the safe environment of a private game reserve.”

But don’t worry, even though the “Shanty Town” has intricately designed, colorful iron shacks, outdoor bathrooms, and battery operated radios, things aren’t too realistic for comfort. “This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!” its website boasts. 

And it’s also listed as ideal for team building exercises or theme parties. Because nothing is more festive than pretending to pinch pennies while spending a third of the median South African monthly income in one night.

Poverty tourism, also known as “poorism,” isn’t unheard of.  There have been various “reality” tours through the slums of Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro’s favelas for years.

While the merits of visiting a real shanty town, as if it were a museum exhibit or a wildlife reserve, is certainly up for moral debate, pretending to have the experience without ever having to set eyes on people who are actually suffering is a whole different kind of tone deaf.



Read more: Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa Lets Rich Pretend to Be Poor | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/29/rich-tourists-now-staying-in-luxury-shanty-towns-so-they-can-pretend-to-be-poor/#ixzz2tJs4QQDm

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

They already buy political favors- 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

It's not enough....They want MORE!!!!

Quoting Sisteract:

They already buy political favors- 


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SuperChicken
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I wouldn't call that a "new" idea.   That's pretty much how it used to be. 

MsDenuninani
by A.Ham on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Didn't the founding fathers have the same general idea?

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Oh yes.....The good 'ole days.

Quoting SuperChicken:

I wouldn't call that a "new" idea.   That's pretty much how it used to be. 


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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:04 PM

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Nah.  Better to restrict it to military veterans (or, I guess, sufficient years of police or fire service could count too), with a clean criminal record, a degree from an accredited university, and ownership of land worth at least $500,000, that they've held and kept well maintained for at least 10 years.

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