“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
– Murray Rothbard
Which is more purely Democratic?
Electing politicians whom often can’t keep their campaign promises as they argue about how to disperse our tax dollars?
Or directly deciding to some extent for ourselves how our hard-earned tax dollars are spent?
Some Americans cannot stand their money going towards food stamps and other forms of welfare.
Meanwhile, a vast portion of Americans would gladly contribute to the welfare system.
Irregardless of which side of that issue you stand on, one thing is certain: We all have to share this place.
So what if we implemented a system at a federal level, with incentives given for local and state integration, where tax-payers could optionally opt-in or out of a number of categories based on their individual ethical sensibilities?
Not everyone cares much about where their tax dollars go. Their taxes can remain business-as-usual.
Those who have strong feelings about how their taxes are allocated, can customize their forms to advocate for their preferences.
This could be done in an exceptionally simple manner using web-based software such as TurboTax, which has already made incredible strides over the past decade in crafting an intuitive and user-friendly interface for people to do their own taxes online.
And for those who go to tax specialists, the customization could be handled through a simple interview or a checklist.
If a crucial area of the budget is not covered adequately by the preferred tax allocations, then the smallest percentage possible would be re-allocated to meet those needs.
Flexible Tax Allocation is an especially essential policy to develop and refine in light of the mounting momentum of UBI (Abundance Annuity), single-payer healthcare, free higher education, and more.
Personally, I am happy for my tax dollars to be fed back in to support the health, educations, and basic needs of my fellow Americans.
Yet, it doesn’t feel right to me at all to force people to fund aspects of American society that they morally, mentally, or spiritually disagree with.
Let those who wish to fund Planned Parenthood do so. Let those who can’t stomach the thought of supporting Planned Parenthood spend their taxes how they see fit.
This may seem like a staggeringly complex policy to implement. For sure, it won’t happen overnight. It will require a vast amount of coordination, collaboration, and technological innovation.
But let’s work towards it, shall we? This is part of what it means to create a society where everyone wins and no one loses.