“No taxation without representation!” It was one of the rallying cries of the Founding Fathers. They refused to be taxed by a distant government in which they had no voice and no representative. But I doubt they ever thought the inverse problem would become the norm in the country they fought and toiled and bled to establish.
Today, 43% of Americans have no federal income tax liability at all. Meaning they pay no federal income taxes. This doesn’t mean they pay no taxes at all, of course. They still pay excise taxes and sales tax, property taxes (at least through their rent), and small local fees here and there.
But this doesn’t change the fact that nearly half of all Americans “have no skin in the game,” yet are still allowed to vote. I think it would be wise to make proof of taxation a prerequisite for voting. If you pay into the system, you should have a say. Otherwise, no.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Well, herald it then. Or how about this one, also from Franklin: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”
Think about Obamacare. I haven’t talked to one of my friends yet that hasn’t seen a marked hike in his insurance rates because of Obamacare. You know why? Because apparently my friends are working, taxpaying individuals. The only people (apparently) who benefit from Obamacare are people who aren’t paying for Obamacare. (Duh.)
So it seems obvious that those people (nearing on the majority of Americans) who stand to gain the most personally from new disbursements of other people’s money should not be allowed to vote. Perhaps our rallying cry today should be, “No representation without taxation!” Don’t pay taxes? Then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Seems so simple.
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