“A person with the option to take ownership of something is much richer when they decide to invest in that option of their own free will. – Mr. Erickson
What is politics in America basically about?
Politics in America is basically about people fighting to decide who will have the power to decide what we spend our money on, among other things, of course, but primarily that.
What if we took some of that power out of the equation for our politicians?
What if they were only charged with supplying the options, not the actual funding in a lot of cases?
What if we gave some of that power back to the people who are footing the bill?
You might say that could never work because how could you formulate a budget operating that way?
Well, my answer would be that the politicians have not operated within a budget for a long time anyway. And I would be right. The last time the Congress even passed a budget was in 2006.
Some types of basic levels of funding would have to exist for the military, government operations, etc., but the lion’s share of the spending could be deemed discretionary, and those levels determined by the desires of the taxpayers.
For example, in my state, when filling out my tax return form, I can select an amount to go towards any of the following causes: Endangered resources, Military family relief, Cancer research, Second Harvest/Feeding Americans, Veterans trust fund, Red Cross Disaster Relief, Multiple sclerosis, of the Special Olympics.
Why can’t the federal government help to fund different projects or causes the same way?
If people really want something they’ll kick-in money for it, and if they don’t, they won’t.
Why couldn’t we have the option to give additional money to a “Border wall building fund?”
Or to NASA?
Or to a “School Security” fund?
Or to a “Climate change protection fund?”
Or to a “Help the homeless fund?”
Or to an “Education improvement fund?
Think about all of the possibilities and all of the opportunities.
I feel like this would be a more productive way of spending our money.
Instead of these lobbyists wasting money on politicians, they could just directly fund their own cause.
Instead of private citizens wasting their money on supporting politicians, they could just directly fund their own favorite causes.
If you are worried about climate change, then put your money where your mouth is.
If you want a border wall built on our southern border, open up your wallet and chip in.
Having choices is good.
Being forced to pay for programs you don’t support is not good.
Let’s try doing what’s good.
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