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I have to admit that I was somewhat taken aback after reading the following editorial from the St. Cloud Times. Throughout the history of this country we have steadily sought to expand suffrage to groups who had never before seen such rights. From ending property requirements to adding minorities to adding women to finally giving 18 year old citizens the vote, the greatness of this country has been built upon living up to the idea set forward in the Declaration of Independence that ALL Men are created EQUAL.

Floyd from Little Falls is apparently upset about these ideals and would like to return to a time when only those who owned property were allowed to make the decisions:

The Nov. 12 Times news report on "Students' votes made difference for levy" should be an eye-opener for property owners.

We have now reached a point in society where the direct beneficiaries of a nonsocietal tax increase were responsible for its passing.

The unfortunate problem with this is that the vote was self-serving and passed by voters who have little or no stake in paying for it, i.e. students vs. property owners.

We are also reaching a point in tax collection and spending in general whereby it's estimated many people do not pay income taxes at all.

If they should join together, they could possibly vote themselves any kind of benefits they wanted, to be paid for by the people who do pay taxes.

Perhaps it's time to reconsider who can vote for these issues.

If the levy is against property, i.e. property taxes, maybe only those who own property should have a right to vote for it.

I don't know what to do about the rest of the self-serving benefits that are voted on, but I do think something should be considered.

Now that we have a president-elect who has spent his whole life registering voters (and has succeeded beyond all expectations), self-serving people have a model to work with.

Don't be surprised if you see more of this kind of action.

I think something has to change.

The conservative movement in all its glory...


2 responses to "Conservatives Seeking To Bring Back Property Requirements..."

  1. ellenm On November 19, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    I bet St. Cloud is proud of this guy...

  2. eric zaetsch On November 19, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    It makes all the sense in the world and I agree with Floyd. Moreover, only owners of corporations should vote on whether and how much corporations are taxed; shareholders and bond holders alone should vote on taxing capital gains; heirs should vote on inheritance taxes; and folks like Ted Stevens and Norm and Laurie Coleman should be the only ones permitted to vote on gift taxes. It's perfectly symmetric - only college students are required to pay tuition, and only bankers, promoters and investment fund managers should be required to fund Wall Street bailouts. Clearly such logical voting should be expected to have massive deficit reduction potential, from the altruistic motivations these blocs would have to tax themselves in a socially responsible manner. Let's do it.