wlape3 wrote:Renters would qualify through their federal or state income taxes, provided they pay in on a net basis. To quote our president: "you've got to have some skin in the game..." although I'm quite sure he would not approve of my interpretation. The idea is, if people who don't pay into the pot get a say as to how that pot is spent it will likely be spent unwisely or frivolously.
How about anyone who derives 100% of their income from federal, state, or local government?
I don't believe anyone in those categories qualifies as a "taxpayer" since their income is taken from the public treasury.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.