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Thread: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    And those with little property will use the power of their vote by means of injustice to take property form those that do as well. Those with moderate property will likely also. And same even with those with lots of property.

    EVERYONE has the tendancy to use the power of their vote by to gain property that isn't theres. It is a flawed and egotistical thought to believe that somehow those with property are inherently alturistic but those without are not.

    The individual making $200k a year using his vote to put a Senator into power who is likely to award his company with the latest missile contract is using the power of his vote to take property (tax revenue) of others and funnel it into his pocket via his company. Simply because he's using his vote to cause other peoples tax money to make him wealthier in a different manner doesn't change that as it's essence, it's still using his vote to get more of the "property" that was taken from others.

    Which is why I go back to my earlier statements. My issue here isn't just that it's narrowly and hypocritically focusing in on one particular group of a myriad of potential ones, but that some are laughably attempting to do it under the fraudulent cloak of liberty

    but we already see to many people use their votes, to vote for people who will promise them material goods and services taking it from people who are rich...this is a prominate them in america.

    the rich are using the power of government to buy the politicians, not in voting for them...but with their campaign reelection, and lobbying them to vote for certain bills of congress.


    in real constitutional law....the power of voting in federal elections, was muted by the fact that the federal government was not to be involved in the personal life's liberty and property of the people..

    because the actions of voting for things [the poor] of getting politicians to do things [the rich] which are collective activities, were blocked by the senate which was controlled by the states.

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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    That's not a response to the argument against democracy.
    No, its a response to your "solution."

    Your solution is to return to feudalism and allow the lords to rule over everyone else. You rationalize it by saying "the lord would want what is best for his land and people." But history is very clear about what happens: feudalism leads to oppression. If the people revolted or even spoke unfavorably towards their leader then punishment was swift and severe. You cannot have personal freedom and feudalism, it is impossible.

    And btw, I don't want "pure democracy" on issues concerning independent freedoms. For basic rights such as speech and personal possession there ought to be a document to protect them. But since we do not live in a bubble we must deal with societal issues where the democratic process must play a role.
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    And we're just supposed to take your word for it?
    I really don't care whether you do or don't.
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I know, which is what I am saying is incongruent. There are citizens paying far more in taxes than others and thus "supporting" thos who pay less, as we would not be able to have the full infastructure we have if those people weren't paying what they're paying. Why is it a binary notion of 0 or 1.

    Why is this the only area where you feel that matters? For instance...

    Why should those who don't pay taxes NOT have a vote on legislators that will determine how much others will be taxed...but those who aren't in the military be able to have a vote on legislators that will determine how much money we'll spend on the military or if they'll authorize military action or, in the case of the President, will be albe to direct the military?

    I agree, there's faults in a system that allows one group to vote itself benefits at the expense of others. However, those faults exist across the board. And simply because someone is on welfare does not mean they are not "paying in" to the system. Income Tax is only one method of tax collection.

    Now, I've said for some time on this forum, I am in favor of everyone paying at least some amount of income tax. I definitely think there is a problem with regards to the income tax and the politics that can be played with it when everyone doesn't have skin in the game. But I do not believe that removing a fundamental right of citizenship from people based on whether or not they do pay income tax, or whether or not they recieve a particular government benefit, is absolutely wrong and not the correct answer to correct the issue.
    Taxes are not the only issue, they are just one that is being argued. I don't want those who have no dog in the fight having a vote as to what kind of healthcare coverage I'm required to have either and double down on that if they are voting for me to subsidize their healthcare while paying more for my own. I don't want those who will not be affected by the vote to be able to vote for what kind of light bulb or toilet I am allowed to buy or what kind of car I am allowed to purchase or what I am and am not allowed to do with my own property. A person's vote should affect that person in the same proportion as it affects another person.

    And when we have been so lazy that we have allowed government to assume more power than anybody should believe is healthy for government to have, it becomes a serious problem when that government can keep itself in power and increase its power by bribing one segment of society to keep it in power and that at the expense of the others.

    Again, within the context of one man, one vote, that is the elephant in the room that most people find extremely uncomfortable to acknowledge or talk about. So denial that the issue exists is the politically correct way. I, however, am waging a one-woman war against that kind of political correctness.

    In my opinion we should restore the government to a system in which we ALL share in the benefits and also the consequences of our vote. And if we have no will to do that, then I think those who pay the bills should be the ones who have the vote.
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

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    Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?

    Phat, I think you have dramatically ignored the history of your suggestions. The entire structure of the early Republic made it more and more likely that such views toward natural rights would not be acknowledged, let alone established in the Constitution, or legislated.

    Your assumption that democracy is at fault for keeping the Patriot Act alive is a gross oversimplification. Few of the more entrenched members of society had anything to lose by instituting the law, and had everything to gain. Furthermore, the only reason why the Snowden revelations had any pull whatsoever was because of how the average person started to see their relationship with the U.S. Government. The elites had little to worry about. They weren't losing much at all. The less wealthy you are, the less entrenched you are, the more the Act may harm you., it was poorer members of society who had immigrant connections which stood the most to lose.

    Is it going to stick around? Yes. That's because the Act is multifaceted, has many difficult technology concepts involved, and has the legitimate use of keeping America safe from terrorism. But any reasonable person would also understand that the elite have more to gain by having the Act in place than everyone else.
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    And btw, I don't want "pure democracy" on issues concerning independent freedoms. For basic rights such as speech and personal possession there ought to be a document to protect them. But since we do not live in a bubble we must deal with societal issues where the democratic process must play a role.
    Why does the government have to play a role in societal issues? Why can't the government only concern itself with rights?

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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    I'm reading too much into the statement? She wants a free house and free gas. It really is that simple.
    No, that's not what she said at all.

    She said:

    I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.
    You interpret her words as "I won't have to worry because (once Obama becomes President), I can get federal assistance to subsidize the cost of gas I put in my car and get federal financial assistance with making my mortgage payment."

    That last part I can agree with considering how bad the housing market was (re: 'Housing Bubble" burst!), but what I heard was "I won't have to worry about the price of gas because gas prices will start to come down to where gas is affordable" and "I won't have to worry about whether or not I can pay my mortgage because housing assistance is forthcoming". And what came out of that is HARP, a federal program that helps struggling homeowners adjust their mortgage payments so that they can stay in their homes instead of the banks foreclosing on them.

    Federal assistance through structured changes in economic policies is the kind of federal assistance this woman was looking for, not a government handout as you've eluded to. BIG difference!
    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Sure I can, because politicians make these promises explicitly because they know it will win them votes.

    You have to realize that my point is this thread is to critique democracy more than to say that the poor exclusively should not vote.
    That's smoke and mirrors, my friend since the majority comprises a democracy and that majority consists of the 99% towhich at least 50% from this group can be classified economically as "poor to middle-middle-class".

    You're passing judgment on a whole lot of people. Who are you to do so and why? Why are you suddenly the self-proclaimed guardian of righteous democracy?
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    And I think a chill pill might be in order for some. What you interpreted as what I said and what I actually said are very different. But do have a nice day.
    If I interpreted you incorrectly, please correct me so that we all can understand you clearly. (Re: my post #289)
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    re: Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?[W:504]

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    My argument in no way suggested that any person's vote should count more than any other person's vote.

    My argument is based strictly on the ethics of Citizen A being able to vote for Citizen B to support him/her. My argument is based strictly on the ethics of those who will incur no consequence of any kind from their vote having ability to vote for how much in taxes others will pay, etc.

    My argument is purely philosophical, but it goes to the very heart of what the structure of our social contract and resulting government should be. There is an injustice in a system that allows one group to vote itself benefits at the expense of others.
    That sounds all noble and like, but it's simply not valid. People vote their own interests at the expense others all the time. Why do you think we have "sin taxes"? Why do you think we have exorbitant hotel and rental car taxes? Precisely to make things to our advantage at the expense of others.
    Last edited by radcen; 04-24-15 at 04:06 PM.
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