Friday, February 14, 2014

Return on Investment

Tom Perkins (whom you may remember for suggesting that the rich were at risk of being victims of Nazi-style genocide) suggests that we apportion votes to tax dollars:
"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?"
Just like a corporation! Because the idea behind government is that you should get a cut of the proceeds in proportion to your investment! No, wait, in the public sphere that's known as "corruption". My bad.

Also, if I were more of a mathematician, I'd be (even more) offended by this too:
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.
Yeah, not really sure that's how percentages work.

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