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April 10, 2010

Everything on the table

Doctor Zero thinks the unthinkable. But then, at the time of the Founding, what is now the unthinkable was then the blindingly obvious.

Let’s explore the idea as a thought experiment. If taxation without representation was an outrage that sparked the Revolution, why is representation without taxation acceptable? It’s logical to suggest that only those who pay for government benefits should have a vote in selecting our representatives. Allowing net tax consumers to vote seems like an inherently dangerous practice, given their numbers – we’ve reached the point where 47% of American households pay no income tax – and their strong motivation to support politicians who promise endlessly increasing benefits. When politicians loaded with vast public funds to purchase votes meet up with a population eager to sell its votes for benefits, a grim marketplace will inevitably develop.

Such was the fate of Rome. RTWT, I am not certain he has reached the correct conclusion.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 10, 2010 09:05 AM