Tom Perkins, Fruit.
For every dollar paid in taxes, you should have one vote. Right. Let’s have a monied aristocracy and disenfranchise millions of Americans. We can redo the Medieval era! How about some sumptuary laws banning the peasants from wearing silks or bright colors? How about requiring some bowing and scraping to our betters like Tom Perkins who equates Progressives with Nazis.
Don’t you want the opportunity to jump off the sidewalk to the more comfortable gutter when the silk clad Wall Street investor parades his glory for all to see? Perhaps, he will momentarily recognize your presence and cast an approving look for a split second in your direction. Won’t you feel a sense of pride in that?
Perkins delusions of grandiosity are all to prevalent among our modern gilded age would-be aristos. Talk of being “job creators” and contempt for the “47% takers” has gone to their brains. You can see from this post, that their every word is a vital message requiring air time and editorializing in the media world.
If you or I say something highly intelligent, the media might at most yawn, but this wealthy buffoon can get his fifteen minutes of fame over and over again.
Tom Perkins is desperately trying to extend his 15 minutes of infamy.
The 82-year-old venture capitalist, who recently made a lot of people angry by comparing progressives to Nazis, told an audience in San Francisco Thursday that people who pay more money in taxes should get more votes.
“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said, according to CNNMoney. “But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”
The audience responded to his claim as any sane humans would: with laughter. After all, that’s not really how democracy works. And not that Perkins would care, but his proposal wouldn’t really be fair given that poor Americans already fork over a larger share of income to Uncle Sam than their richer counterparts, according to a 2009 report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Unfortunately, Perkins wasn’t joking around, telling the CNNMoney reporter offstage, “I intended to be outrageous, and it was.”