How about only those who pay taxes? Not only that but only those who have been paying for the last 10 years straight. The balance of power would be taken from the tax-feeders to the tax-payers. Also, no one who receives his income from taxes can vote – government employees, many professors, and larger charitable institutions.
I know many that work very hard and do not own property and get ripped off due to unfair tax laws because they are trying to be responsible by not owning stuff they cannot afford to maintain.
If only land owners were voters non-landowners would become their slaves as the balance of power is shifted to only landowners.
But still, even in this fantasy land voting would not help anything because there would still be special interests who have the power. Voting by its very nature creates special interests that will try to control those moral individuals who would never attempt to gain such an advantage.[/quote]
Maybe, but if they voted themselves "largesse from the public coffers" they would immediately lose their votes.
So, instead of engshrining government pork for eternity, it would become more and more difficult to get the voters for more pork.