So I’m checking my Facebook feed this afternoon and I come across this...
“You know, back in the day, in the colonial period,” Fischer said, “you have to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote and I don’t think that’s a bad idea. And the is very simple: if somebody owns property in a community, they’re invested in the community. If they’re renters, they’re going to be up and gone; they could leave the next day … [P]eople that are not property owners – it’s like people that pay no taxes, they have no skin in the game. They don’t care about the same things that somebody does who is rooted in the community”
Well, I gotta say, as a man who has lived in Ashland, Oregon since 1990 and has rented in all that time and voted in many local, state and federal elections, I was personally shocked to discovered that I have no roots in my community.
Actually, that’s a lie.
What I’m really shocked about is that in the fourteenth year of the twenty-first century, someone who actually have the Goddamn stones to suggest that we restrict the act of voting, the cornerstone of a representative Government, to landed gentry!
It should be noted that according to the most recent census data, over 35% of Americans currently rent their homes. So to use Dr. Fischer’s logic, 35% of the American public has no skin in the game when it comes to our communities.
We do care that we have adequate police protection.
We do care that our air is clear and our drinking water isn’t some sort of gelatanous sludge. (Paging West Virginia.)
We care that we have affordable health care because we don’t want to be stuck with the choice of having to pay for a doctor’s visit or rent.
We do care that our schools can teach our children.
If Doctor Fischer honestly believes that we who rent have no skin in the game, then he is clearly fuzzy on the concept of “Skin”.