Every year when tax time comes around I start thinking about how messed up and broken our tax system is (Who doesn’t?). I’ve always been a fan of the Flat Tax idea. I even once read a book about the Fair Tax idea, which is surprising for me, because although I’m ‘into’ politics as it were, I can’t often stand enough sustained politics to read a book about it.
This year I had an idea, and it’s one that I’ve never heard before, maybe someone else has had it but I’ve not run into it yet. My idea was to change how the taxes are allocated, and who decides how taxes are allocated.
You’ve all heard of crowdfunding I assume, that’s how we should fund the government. Every year you would figure out how much you owe in taxes and then you go to some government website that lists all of the different programs and departments that the government wants to have the next year and you decide where your tax money goes, or even just where 50% of your taxes go.
If you don’t like the NSA, you don’t fund it. If you are a big fan of the Military, you send most of your taxes there. You don’t like Obamacare, don’t fund it. You like National Parks? Send 40% of your taxes there. Think welfare programs are good? Pay for it. Think they are bad? Don’t.
Personally I think it would be VERY interesting to see what got funded and what didn’t. It would also be very interesting to see how many programs and departments there are in the fed, and see them all together in one place. There is this list of departments and agencies and this list of programs where they fund things, and this list of welfare programs, but I doubt that putting those three together is comprehensive. I also doubt that most people have ever seen these lists. I think it would be eye opening for most people to see what the fed is doing with their money and good for people to directly decide what they want to have happen with their taxes.
Now, I know realistically it can’t be this way, you know that whole constitution thing that I’m a fan of prevents it, but it sure is fun to think about.
So, if this WAS how we did taxes, what would you fund?