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Tom Perkins is Right!!! - Greater representation based on taxation is core to enduring Democracy
Tom Perkins says those who pay more taxes should be entitled to have more say in how the government is run:
- he compared the 'progressive war on the one per cent' to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany
He now jokingly says more tax dollars should equal more voting power.
Both points are deadly serious. Popular misquotations like, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury..." symbolize a fundamental truth:
Unchecked, elected politicians who are solely elected by a disorganized majority will resort to bribery of their electorate with a result of unsustainable debt and/or attacks on the wealthy; both of which eventually strangle prosperity and result in collapse of social order with vastly increased opportunity for concentration of power by those already in possession of power. In other words, greed devastates prosperity for the entire society.
In a system like that of the United States, a system of checks and balances was intended. The final check on the corruption of greed was removed by the 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Making election of the U.S. Senate by popular vote was a mistake that removed a vital check from the original design of the U.S. Republic. The reform actually needed (i.e. the 17th amendment that should have been introduced) was exactly what Mr. Perkins mentions but only for the Senate.
One person, one vote for a House of Representatives.
One dollar, one vote for a Senate.
That is balance of the financial and personal interests of the citizens that actually accounts for taxation without representation.
*in a perfect world, the Senate or a third body would also provide some sort of direct representation to corporations for representation based on their tax dollars as well.
Posted by: Anonymous on 08-31-2015
It doesn't look like this issue is on the radar for the 2016 Presidential Campaign...
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