You may recall Thomas Perkins, the multi-millionaire who recently said that the attacks on the one-percenters is similar to the rhetoric that the Nazis used to inflame people against Jews and thus may be the precursor to a something similar happening here. He must be feeling pleased with the reception those remarks got because he is back in the news, with new and even more profound insights.
He now says that in elections rich people should get more votes.
“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said.
“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?”
Actually, Robert McChesney has long been saying that this is what we already effectively have. What McChesney says is disguised, Perkins wants to make transparent and who can argue against that?
In fact, I think Perkins should seek the Republican nomination for president and run on a platform with the catchy slogan of “One dollar, one vote”. We have already seen from the 2012 election that anyone with money and a catchy but meaningless slogan can gain a substantial following in that party and even be a leading contender however vacuous their ideas are. I give as an example Herman Cain and his ‘9-9-9’ tax plan.
If Perkins runs, it will be interesting to see how the other candidates and the party leadership react since they covertly agree with his point of view.