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Tea Party: Don't Let Renters Vote

What to know what the Tea Party says about foreclosures and the housing crisis?
Nearly two years to go until the next Presdential Election and already the Tea Party is deciding how to slice and dice voters.

Here's a new Tea Party plank: Don't let renters vote.
Gawker reported that Judson Phillips, president of prominent Tea Party group Tea Party Nation, has a terrific idea: "The Founding Fathers... put certain restrictions on... the right to vote... you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense."

Here's the full quote, from Tea Party Nation Radio:

"The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn't you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you're a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you're not a property owner, you know, I'm sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners."
Republicans have always had a fondness for the past. But, do we really want to jump right back to the Middle Ages?


Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at, a community for real estate investors.
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