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
How does this work when these decisions are made by elected representatives, and not by direct votes on the issues?
But, hey, thanks for playing. Our hostess will give you a lovely parting gift as you exit the building.
My argument does not rest on the premise that many lower income people don't own property. My argument rests only on the premise that higher income people are more likely to own property than lower income people. That premise is a fact and so my argument still stands.Your claim is that limiting voting rights to property owners would keep lower income people from voting. I disagreed by making the point that plenty of lower income people own property- including myself.
But if you don't think owning property is the only legitimate way of having a stake in the country, then why do you consider it a valid means of determining voting rights. If there are ways other than property ownership to have a stake in the country, then wouldn't people who use those ways instead of property ownership also lose their right to vote?I haven't "abandoned" anything. I was merely trying to clarify the hypothetical. Also, I never said owning property is the only legitimate way of having a stake in the country. Some people focus short term and other don't. That was point point.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Even with lower income, people can still be property owners in a relatively short time. One doesn't even need credit. There's owner financing. I don't understand why people find the idea of having standards for those who vote. It shouldn't have anything to do with gender or race for sure, but people should at least have a modicum of intelligence and foresight.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” -Napoleon
Can we apply it to the real world? How does this work when these decisions are made by elected representatives, and not by direct votes on the issues?
*- Barring some issues on ballot initiatives, but those only happen in some states and never at the federal level.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan