Questions and Answers

The single most asked question: how can we make sure that the less popular programs, yet perhaps still very important functions of Government, get the money they need to operate?

Answer: Mandate that 1/3 of an individual’s tax liability (the total income taxes they owe), is “non-discretionary”, meaning that they do “not” get to choose what it is spent on.

That still leaves 2/3s of our tax liability, for each individual to be able to choose, the “discretionary” portion where they want their taxes to be spent. If the government has to make adjustments to their budgets to meet this system, they will have to make the necessary changes to meet the taxpayer’s demands. Doesn’t that sound great?

The single most asked question: how can we make sure that the less popular programs, yet perhaps still very important functions of Government, get the money they need to operate?

Answer: Mandate that 1/3 of an individual’s tax liability (the total income taxes they owe) is “non-discretionary”, meaning that they do “not” get to choose what it is spent on.

Question: For the 2/3s “discretionary” portion, how many options will there be to choose from?

Answer: This really depends on We the People. We can have a simple form with a list of all the major government programs, and then we can have pull-down tabs disclosing the sub-categories under each major program. With today’s technologies, we can get as detailed as we want, allowing each individual to get as detailed as they wish, in how their taxes are being spent. As an example, those most impacted by immigration may want to see their money being spent more on deportations of the criminal elements, rather than building a wall. One of the reasons, simply voting on candidates or issues doesn’t work very well, is that the desires of the individual can be neglected as to what they think their money should be spent on because whoever are in the majority, get what they want to have the money spent on, leaving those in the minority with no say in the matter.

Question: Will the form be simple enough so most people can fill it out.

Answer: The key is to make it both simple and expedient, for those who want it simple as well as for those that want to get more detailed. In addition to both major and sub-categories, this can be accomplished by having the form either accept an amount or a percentage and then automatically calculate the other. It would also then give the totals, the already spent amount, and the remaining yet to be spent amount both as a percentage and as the dollar amount. This will allow someone to change the amounts the actually want to spend as they go down the list and see the things they want to help pay for and the things they may not want to pay for with their discretionary portion.