The poor should be banned from voting
The richest 10% should be banned from voting
The top 1% should be banned from voting
Only the middle class should be allowed to vote
Capitalism is a made up game. And the rules of the game are made by those who are good at it or really enjoy it.
I would be willing to bet that the rate of transition from renting to owning has decreased as income disparity has increased.
That kind of situation is the situation that would undoubtedly arise if property ownership were a requirement for voting. The default for many or most lower class people would be no property ownership and no vote. The default for many of the people whose interests would be threatened by their vote would be property ownership and a vote. Consequently, many of them who are understandably concerned about their interests would use their own votes to make it more difficult for their lower classes to acquire property.
Good for you, but this does nothing to counter my original point. The default right to vote is important if we're interested in equality and a quality nation. Moreover, the problem with this comment in particular is that you expect other people to live up to your subjective definition of "having a stake in the country" and "having goals to prosper". The idea that your measure is the gold standard of both is ridiculous.My position is a hypothetical. What if people who had more of a stake in the country were allowed to vote as opposed to those who would rather not have goals to prosper? I own property, and i am young AND nowhere near wealthy. I had to work and save to earn that right. When I vote, I want someone in office who will protect those rights.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
It blows my mind that anyone would deny another citizen, rich or poor, the right to vote. Regardless of where you are financially, you deserve to be able to vote. I'm fine with denying the right to people who are in prison, but that's it.