Friday, 22 June 2007

Bradford's would-be young voters

Polls have shown that under-twenties for the most part support the Greens. The Green's Sue Bradford suggests sixteen-year-olds should get the vote. Well, why wouldn't she? It's exactly the same reason Rod Donald promoted MMP, isn't it.

There's a simple reason many youngsters support the Greens. As a Libertarianz colleague says,
You could say adolescents support adolescent policies and adults support adult
Sue Bradford is stuck in her teenage years; some day she may grow
up, but in the mean time immature policies and politicians seem good at winning

So are sixteen year-olds mature enough to vote? Crikey, I know plenty of thirty-six year-olds who aren't mature enough to vote. Should sixteen year-olds be given the vote? Well, if they pay taxes, then perhaps they should. Anybody who pays for the whole farce that is government should be entitled to vote.

In fact -- and here's my view in toto -- anybody who pays tax should have the vote, and only those who pay tax should be able to vote. And perhaps anyone who receives taxpayer largesse should be made unable to vote, on the basis that they shouldn't be delivered the opportunity to try and vote themselves rich by making the rest of us poor.

UPDATE: I liked this comment from Don Christie over at David Slack's:
16 year olds voting I don't mind. Governments controlling the education of the majority of them at the time, I do.


  1. I am with you on that one for sure - only those who pay taxes should get to vote - not those who receive part of those taxes as wages"
    Also on the voting thing - the kids are so brainwashed at school - my own kids along with the herd (until I woke up that is) have the green, environmentalist, save the planet and trees and whales thing drummed into them that they see what the greens stand for as a good thing, and think voting for what they stand for a patriotic kiwi thing to do (clean green NZ!)
    Of course, what the greens stand for IS a GREAT thing - we all want clean air and water and to save the whales etc - its just the way they go about it is all screwed up.
    WE could have that SAME VOTE - Maybe WE should start campaigning BIG TIME on THESE SAME ISSUES - only use THINKING solutions to achieve themks

  2. P.C.,

    I agree wholeheartedly about voting being tied to taxation. In fact I blogged about this a while back (End Universal Suffrage).


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