This quote from WRH is interesting to me. If we voted with our tax dollars, we would have a real democracy, not a representative democracy. The problem is, people are too uninformed to make good decisions (supposedly) and that is why we have a representative democracy. I'd like to see what happens in a real democracy for 10 years or so. How bad could it get?
Let us repeal all taxes across the board and offer a shopping list. The list has everything the government might want to do a place to check a box and the cost to the individual tax payer for that program. Items would include schools, hospitals, roads, space exploration, new jobs development, bombs, pay raises for Congress, money for Israel, bailouts for Wall Street, etc.
A taxpayer would simply check off those things he agrees we should all have and is taxed accordingly. I would agree to pay for schools, hospitals, good roads and job development.
The taxpayers would pay for those things we think we need, and NOT pay for nonsense and frills that have no place in our society.
Is that not Democracy in action?
Meanwhile, the revolt has not happened and we still have to file.
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