$1 million in taxes should equal 1 million votes, says billionaire

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  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    This guy just proves that whininess is not limited to the poor.

    I am thankful that we have a constitution that says otherwise.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Feb. 17, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    The guy has a point. If 47% don't pay taxes, what is to keep them from just voting for the person that promises the most handouts? I like the idea of no net federal income tax paid, no vote. If you don't have skin in the game, you don't get to play.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 11:49 a.m.


    Actually the professional military fills its rolls from children of the former, and current Service Members, and from the South East U.S. The one-and-outs are generally individuals that are trying to make themselves more employable and get assistance with higher education. A majority of the recruited are from middle income families. These are all good things, and provide upward opportunities to these individuals, but is leading to a separate "Spartan" subculture within the U.S.

    FYI - Utah residents have the 2nd lowest participation in the Armed Forces, by capita, of any U.S. State or territory.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 17, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    In America gold is the surrogate of government and it is dollars that vote.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    It is interesting how you are now greedy if you want to keep the money you have earned. Some apparently believe our neighbors should be able to get together and vote to steal, er I mean tax, wealthy people to "spread the wealth." People complain that they want jobs and then they demonize the people who create the jobs. In the mean time, we have an ever growing segment of our population who are content to live off the efforts of others. At some point the people who covet others money can simply vote to take it away. I agree that votes should be limited to those who pay into the system. Otherwise we should just give bank robbers a vote on what happens to the contents of the vault.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 6:08 p.m.

    Funny, it the same extreme left commenters here that say you should not be entitle to a voice in the public square unless you pay taxes (see comments about charities and churches, conservative groups and tax exemptions).

    How quick they sing a different tune when it is their voice or vote.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    The "voting" of the wealthy is typically behind the scenes in supporting the campaign contributions of politicians to do the bidding of the wealthy.

    Sadly, the poor often don't vote and rarely have a voice in mainstream politics.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    The opinion piece is humorous hyperbole. Yet the reverse has become a reality in the US. Many of those who pay no taxes have taken the opportunity to vote in entitlement programs. It is the subsidized base of one political party.

  • Is there no end to Greed? Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:33 a.m.

    So the corporate execs who take hundreds of times what the regular employees get now want even more political power than they already have? These people would do well to read the history of the French revolution. The government / our society needs to work for us all, for everyone. Not just the upper half of the one percent.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:19 a.m.

    Its the lower middle class who are at risk of joining the military, to defend us all and thereby lose their lives, their limbs their eyesight, their mental and emotional health, their family members and their friends. How much is a life and destruction of a body and a mind and a family member worth?

    Perhaps the lower middle class should be the only Americans allowed to vote.

  • PM64 Orem, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:47 a.m.

    While I don't agree that you should get as many votes as dollars you pay in taxes, I DO believe that ONLY those who pay taxes should have the right to vote!

    If you have no skin in the game, then you'll just vote for whichever politician promises you the most government largesse. If you pay no taxes, and many pay no taxes but collect thousands in tax rebates, like the EIC for example, you're going to vote for politicians who will keep the money coming.

    It's a small step in the right direction, and it would eliminate the grasshoppers from voting themselves benefits from the labor of the ants.

    To those who claim that millions would be disenfranchised, GET A JOB AND PAY SOME TAXES! End of disenfranchisement! We'd also get a much more honest congress who would be much more likely to have our nation's interests at heart rather than just getting re-electd.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:10 p.m.

    This isn't surprising. Similar comments frequently come out of the mouths of these greedy people. They simply don't realize we all are listening.
    It's sad what lots of money does to many of these like individuals.
    Creates that sick to your stomach feeling for the common man.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 14, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    And there you have it. America is for sale.

    Feb. 14, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    But it doesn't, your 1 vote counts the same as the guy living under the bridge.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Hilarious! (Oh, wait, I think the dude meant it!)