[Vision2020] Taxpayer Rights

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri May 11 18:28:29 PDT 2007

Note to Arnold -


In the manner of an old economic analogy:


When your IQ breaks 70, sell.


Tom Hansen


"I think one of the best ways to support education is to make successful
private schools like Logos prosper through tax exemption."

- Donovan Arnold (July 11, 2005)


From: Donovan Arnold [mailto:donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 6:22 PM
To: Tom Hansen; vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: RE: [Vision2020] Taxpayer Rights




Very interesting. You do make me question the rational behind a voting age.
I wonder why it is that juveniles are not allowed to vote and you are. 


Maybe they should have a person's IQ number placed on their driver's
license. If it doesn't reach at least 85, or at least one standard deviation
from the norm, they have to wait until they test higher on the WAIS-III.
Come to think of it, in retrospect, maybe they should add that requirement
to the candidates as well for double padded protection. 





Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

Since Arnold is so deeply concerned about disenfranchised voters, I have an


It is really quite simple.  Everybody votes.  That's right.  EVERYBODY.
Let's eliminate voter qualifications altogether.  Illegal, shmillegal.


I'll even take it another step further, a giant step, a step that will even
appease Christian fundamentalists, since this step addresses those potential
voters that have, for so long, gone without representation.


We should lower the voting age to "moment of conception".  No.  No.  Listen
up, constituents.  The expected mother will be able to vote on behalf of the
fetus "by proxy" until the day of delivery, at which time the new born baby
will register not only as a male or female, but as a Republican, Democrat,
or Independent (whatever party the mother desires).  For demographic
reasons, and while the newly born child is a resident of a politically
recognized maternity ward, the baby will be issued a blanket whose color
will reflect the baby's party affiliation (red for Republicans, blue for
Democrats, and green for Independents).  


I know what you're thinking, Visionaires.  You're thinking, "Jeesh, Tom!
That sounds absolutely stupid and ignorant."  


Yes.  To you it may, very well, sound stupid and ignorant.  That's because
you are an adult.  You probably don't, or can't, recall what it was like
those first few hours in the maternity ward, those pre-kindergarten day-care
years, that first day in the sandbox with other five-year-olds, each child
quietly (yet playfully) contemplating their socio-economic future.


I say, "Give them the vote!"


Not only that, but the political ramifications of lowering the voting age to
"moment of conception" would be far reaching and socially empowering.


Once the voting age is lowered, and . . . say, for instance, the Republicans
realize that the demographics of New York's inner city reflect an
ever-increasing Democrat contingency, they can pursue a larger
representation in that region by simply conceiving more and more Republicans
in New York's inner city.  Can you imagine the exponential increase in
Republican constituents in October of 2008 (one month before election day)
after the Yankees win the World, George Steinbrenner is appointed
Mayor-for-Life, and the new Victoria's Secrets catalog hits the newsstands?


And on election day, the multitude of wide-ranging analyses may be expanded
to include "fetus electorate demographics", CNN reporting live from
Maternity Election Headquarters at Gritman Medical Center as they count the
number of red and blue blankets.


And then there are those fun fund-raisers.


Seeya round town, Moscow.


Tom Hansen

Moscow, Idaho


"I think one of the best ways to support education is to make successful
private schools like Logos prosper through tax exemption."

- Donovan Arnold (July 11, 2005) 




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