>From: Charlie Stross <email@example.com>
>>On Thu, Oct 04, 2001 at 02:07:54PM -0400, Mike Lorrey wrote:
>> The poorest 51% always vote to tax the richest 49% as much as
>>possible, and give themselves as many tax breaks as possible.
>Firstly, many of the low paid don't vote at all. (Looked at any
>demographic studies of voting patterns lately?)
Actually here they do vote, and vote overwhelmingly democratic.
It's why we've been experiencing a form of extreme democracy, i.e.
strict majority rule.
>Secondly, if that's the case, where in hell did your current
>government get the idea of cutting inheritance tax -- which
>massively, disproportionately, benefits the ultra-rich -- from?
Actually anyone with significant equity benefits, one of the
largest supporting groups are family owned farmers.
>You're talking out of your arse, Mike. The poor are marginalised
>from the political process and don't have the roubles to buy the
>lobbyists they need to make their opinions heard. Never mind
>voting to fuck over the rich: they can't even stop the rich from
>fucking over _them_.
The top 5% of wage earners in this country pay 50% of all taxes
here. So the "rich" clearly aren't the ones in charge.
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