posted on Jan, 9 2010 @ 12:26 PM
I've thought about this for a long time and have found no basic constitutional impediment to it.
If we as a nation were to set up neighborhood tax payment centers, somewhat like post offices with a secure network, we could pay our taxes vastly
more efficiently. More importantly, if opens new options. Each tax payment center would consist of a number of secure terminals where you could log in
and pay your taxes.
Since it is our money, we should be able to allocate as we see fit. The budget process is merely whatever the Congress agrees upon, subject to
change at their whim. Therefore it can be changed to implement this idea.
Under my plan, the Congress would pass laws and bills just as they do today. But then those bill and laws must be posted in their entirety at the tax
center. The tax payer (you) would then look at the summaries, delve into the text if they so desire and then decide which he or she will fund. The
payment method would work like this: the amount of tax due determines the "tax block" size, and allocatins are made by blocks.
Example: You owe $2,134 in taxes. This is not what you have to pay, it is what you paid after refund if any, your tax bill. At this level your tax
block size is $100. This means you can fund up to 21 different bills or laws. The remaining $34 goes into the general fund for the politicians to
Now here is where you get to pay more and be happy. If you choose to add enough to make it to the tax block size, you get to allocate it and keep it
out of their hands. This wouldn't be a credit on next year's taxes, it is a fee for the privlege of assigning it yourself. In the example above,
you'd need to add $66. That may be too much for some, but what if you needed to add less than $20? Wouldn't you toss it in to keep the rest out of a
Now if you are too lazy to be bothered to allocate your own money, you could always just put it all into the general fund and let the politicos give
it to the banks and corporations as they do now.
When a budget item is completely funded, it would be closed for further deposits. I think this would make the country stronger and better, and cut the
politicians off from the source of their power: our money.