Pros and cons of choosing where your tax dollars go?
Or if it was some by choice and other parts mandated?
For instance, you got to choose what percentage of your taxes went into what. Like every year when tax time rolls around you get to choose-
interest on the debt
and it specified what exactly your money would be doing in each department after you selected it, i.e. You chose 20% in Education and it would tell you that much would go to teacher salaries. Could this be a better system and if not, why?
- BubLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Just not feasible. The system we have now works pretty well for the most part. Some people will never be happy. I don't want the extra hassle of nitpicking some percentage of some lame program.
- 9 years ago
This is not workable because it makes it impossible for government to commit to anything. So for example if not enough people put money towards social security, then the government can't send people's checks out.
Also, people would not fund the major programs of government at all in proportion to cost. E.g. 80% of the budget is medicare + medicaid + defense + social security + debt interest
- ?Lv 79 years ago
Won't work because NO one would want their taxes to go for Education (we have no children)
Not interest (pay with cash stop borrowing)
Health care (we pay for our own policies so should everyone else)
Income security (save and stop depending in the government)
Nutrition ( buy a book and learn to feed yourself)
Housing ( pay your own bills and stop living on handouts
So it won't work Everyone has a personal opinion what their Salary pays for and no one likes paying for someone else
- Go ArizonaLv 79 years ago
The ONLY thing you can currently tell the Fed to do with ANY of your money is to check 'yes' on the election fund question. That puts $3 towards the matching funds for elections.
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- StephenWeinsteinLv 79 years ago
The amount we have to pay in interest on the debt is fixed by the amount of the debt and the interest rate. We cannot decide to spend less on interest on the debt, unless we actually pay off the debt.
The rest of this seems like an interesting idea.
- ArtemiscLv 79 years ago
I have no idea how many people the 100+ million, i suppose. Anyway how could the government possibly attempt to do such a thing? More importantly, do you think people really have the knowledge necessary to make these decisions?
- ?Lv 69 years ago
No it would not be a "better" system; it would be a chaotic one. You DO get to "choose" indirectly - through your elected representatives. It's hardly a perfect system, but better than what you propose.
- 9 years ago
Con- no one could ever actually have a budget for anything.
- troLv 79 years ago
we don't really have a choice