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Budget Farce Suggests Term Limits Needed

Auspex Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 3:40 PM
I was thinking along the same lines, but instead of a marginal rate in a year, how about they have to have, in the net, paid taxes at least 50% of their lifetime past 18 years old. That way people who have had one or two bumps of poverty don't get penalized, but people who are ALWAYS on the dole don't get to cast a vote. If we can track everyone's social security, surely we can track their taxation participation percentage. If you don't get to vote this election because you are at 49% of your working life not paying income tax, then if you pay taxes for a few years, you'll get your percentage back up.

Put simply, the fiscal cliff debate is an illustration of staggering political cowardice. Politicians of both parties are unwilling to ask voters to pay for all of the big government promises that they made on the campaign trail. They would rather risk the country's long term future than risk losing the next election.  As a former elected legislator, I can assure them that their offices are not worth the price they are asking us, the voters, to pay.

Big government is hugely expensive. Beyond the costs in money, the regulations and political intrusions of an all-controlling nanny-state government create economic disincentives....