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Should tax payers get more votes?

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Started: 10/6/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 weeks ago Status: Debating Period
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I had an idea that I believe that tax payers should get votes.

What I mean exactly is the more taxes you pay the more votes you get towards and election.

For example someone who pays $200,000 in taxes alone should get a much larger vote over someone who paid $3000 in taxes.

It only makes sense to me that the people who pay the greater amount should have the majority say in who will be elected since its those people that are always being taxed.

Thanks for reading, please give your opinion on this.


I disagree with pros argument. Democracy isn't pay to play, and the taxes you pay are based on your income, and just because you have a higher income doesn't make your voice count more than someone who is in a lower income bracket. The point of a democracy is the give every person in the country no matter their age, religion, gender, marital statuse, level of intelligence, or level of income an perfectly equal say in what decisions are made in the country they live in.

The top 1 percent of the country would have 99% of all voting rights, and you might as well not vote at all if you don't pay many taxes.

The system would be completely top heavy and poor and middle class people would lose their voice all together.

The taxes you pay shouldn't count for anything in terms how many votes you get in the democratic process.
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Posted by Lookingatissues 2 weeks ago
The Question you asked,"Should tax payers get more votes,.." Is in effect asking Should the wealthy be able to buy our government with their taxes they pay. and then, there's another question that should be asked, should those receiving welfare be allowed to vote in any election, either State or federal elections.
There is a certain logic too in allowing those who pay more into government to have more to say in government just as there is there a certain logic in property owners having a weighted vote in what is to be done in a area where their property is located over renters.
Posted by IKnowWhatToDoWithMyMoney 3 weeks ago
Yes taxes are based on your income. But people don't pay the same.
How exactly is it any bit fair that your tax rate increases the more you make.

Someone making $40,000 will pay about 20% of their income to taxes.
While someone making $200,000 will pay 50% of there income to taxes.

Just remember this system only runs on tax money, all these benefits and entitlements that are provided all come
From a the tax payers pocket. So why exactly should the people who provide the most money through taxes have an equal vote to someone who pays none?

Democracy only works until people learn that they can elect governments who promise free stuff. And that point it fails.

If you want to talk equal then how about they create a flat tax rate. So everyone pays the save percentage of their income.
Because this current tax rate penalizes people for being successful, or trying to grow their business.

As a result we've lost countless numbers of jobs and tax revenue from people leaving the country to find another with a lower tax rate. Or businesses set up shop in Mexico, China and other countries with similar tax rates.
Posted by TheBenC 3 weeks ago
Dumbest idea ever
Posted by Jimolopolas 3 weeks ago
If you grant votes according to the wealth of citizens, you will end up in an oligarchy, where the power is controlled by the wealthy. Examples of such societies are Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and the republics in Italy during the 1300s - 1600s, such as Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Florence, etc.

So all in all, this is a very bad idea when your aim is to create an equal society of fair opportunity, as you will simply pave the way for the 1% to rule over the 99%.
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