Editorial: Tom Perkins and the plight of the 1 percent

Have you ever doubted the importance of your vote after an election? Have you ever watched helplessly as your candidate went down in flames once the ballots were counted and wondered why you even tried?

According to CEO Tom Perkins of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, there’s a simple solution to your quandary: be richer and your vote will actually matter.

In a recent speaking engagement in San Francisco, Perkins shared his suggestions on improving the U.S. electoral process.
“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said.
He didn’t stop there.
“You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”
In the mind of Perkins, the few Americans that compromise the “1 percent” are more equipped to make decisions about the future of our nation than the rest of us. To him, they are simply more important.

Perkins stuck his foot so far down his mouth that even his own firm has distanced itself from his comments. And who can blame them? Would you want to be associated with such blatant cluelessness?

A quick look into Perkins’ past makes these observations seem tame, however.

According to CNN, last month Perkins wrote an open letter to the Wall Street Journal comparing the recent backlash aimed at the wealthy in the U.S. to the Holocaust.

We promise that wasn’t a typo. Don’t believe us? Here’s an excerpt: “Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,'” Perkins said.

Yes, Mr. Perkins, we can definitely see the comparison. We’re sure the Jewish community sees the parallel as well.

We at The Arka Tech have a simple solution of our own for men like Tom Perkins: stop being so rich.

If the plight of the rich is so great, simply redistribute your wealth to the point where you’re as poor as the rest of us. We want your suffering to end, and apparently the only thing getting in the way of eternal happiness for you is your wealth. There are charities, children’s hospitals and animal shelters that would love to take some of that cash off your hands.

We’re not so sure you’d want to do that, though. After all, in your suggested system, your vote would count just as much as the rest of ours.