In America, it is the responsibility of all citizens to pay for our national infrastructure through taxation. In exchange for that financial support, our government promises to protect our rights and property. In addition, as members of a democracy, we have the right to be fairly represented. Unfortunately, most of us do not feel fairly represented.
Current taxation and government spending are unfair and ineffective. Wealthy individuals have access to loopholes and subsidies that the rest of us do not. Government agencies are wasteful and inefficient. Bridges are falling down, our legal system is a fiasco, and safety is becoming more of a problem every day. Regardless of how or if we vote, very little appears to be affected.
Taxation can be made fair and a means of representation. Instead of our current system, a flat income tax would be fair to everyone. National debt could be eliminated by requiring the total amount collected each year to be the next year’s budget. In addition, taxpayers could be equally represented by allocating tax monies using percentage points between each of the government agencies.
Instead of our current plethora of taxes, sales tax, property tax, gasoline tax, payroll tax, tobacco tax, and so on, a flat tax rate of, say, 10% might be agreed upon. Everyone would be equally affected. No deduction allowances would prevent the wealthy from using loopholes as free income.
Once each individual’s tax debt is determined, they would then allocate percentage points throughout the various governmental agencies using “neutral” points. They are neutral because the amount of tax paid has no effect upon the weight of the point. Bill Gates would pay far more in taxes, but his allocation votes would carry the same weight as yours or mine. Individuals would become better represented by choosing where their money is spent. If no one allocates money to subsidize farm land owned by foreigners, then there wouldn’t be any money spent on it. If most people wanted money spent on road maintenance and police, then that’s where the money would go.
Only money collected would be budgeted and it would be spent only on the agencies chosen by taxpayers. For example, Person 1 owes $10,000 in taxes and allocates 12% to the military, Person 2 owes $15,000 in taxes and allocates 25% to the military and Person 3 owes $1000 in taxes and allocates 20% to the military. By adding the three allocation figures, 12%, 25% and 20%, you get a total of 57%. This number is then divided by three, resulting in an allocation percentage of 19%. The total tax collected, $26,000, is then multiplied by the 19%, which gives the military a total of $4,940 from those three people for the next fiscal year.
This may not be a perfect solution, there may not be a perfect solution, but this system allows people to be treated as equals and allows everyone an equal say in the running of our nation.