Friday, December 28, 2012

A New Tax Idea

No one is happy with how our government taxes us and how much that it spends (except politicians, and who cares about what they think).

Why not let taxpayers decide where their tax dollars get spent?

We already spend billions of dollars and many hours filling our our income tax forms, so why not add a few pages that list all of the things that the federal government spends money on?

If our tax form has a list of all of the places that we spend money on, then the individual tax payer could decide exactly how much of his tax dollars go to each government job or program.

If you are worried about retirement, then you could put all your money towards Medicare and Mediciad.

If you want to support the troops, then you could put all of your money towards the defense department.

If you want to support "the right to choose," then you could put your tax dollars towards funding abortion clinics.

This idea would not be much more complicated than what we already do each tax season.  And each taxpayer could put his, or her, tax dollars exactly where he, or she, wants them.

My guess is that some government programs would not get funded, like the National Endowment for the Arts, and other government programs would get more funding.

But the funding would be what each taxpayer wants to pay for.  The taxpayer would decide where his, or her, tax dollars go.

If we are going to have our spending go to all sorts of things, then why not let each taxpayer spend wherever he, or she, wants to spend?

As a benefit, our budget would always be balanced.


  1. While I love the idea, your assuming our votes really matter anymore. I for one am pessimistic.

    1. I didn't vote. I just thought that this would be a good idea if voting did matter.