Politicians all over the country are trying to decide how to spend government revenue. That’s mostly what they do anyway, but there’s not nearly as much to spend as there used to be just a few years ago, so something’s got to go, mostly poor people.
I want to try deep democracy, where we vote with our tax dollars the way corporations vote for legislators with their dollars. We would directly choose the way our taxes will be spent, as opposed to leaving everything up to a politician we’ve never met and wouldn’t want to be around anyway.
So I could send money for, say, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts and nothing for the White House—no maids, no cooks, no groundskeepers. Anything for Social Security, plenty for national parks and community radio and public television. Nothing for the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Security Agency, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and all government public relations departments—nothing.
I’d gladly pay for real universal health care, as opposed to the mandatory health insurance we’ve got now. Nothing for juntas here or there, enough for public schools run by parents, a lot for private tutors and apprenticeships. Nothing for the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines—nothing. A little for the Coast Guard and local police, but no domestic tanks, especially in Butte County.
Corporate taxes can serve as proportional matching funds to allow lower individual income-tax rates, so we’d get more bang for our half-a-buck. Politicians clearly don’t care what we think, so if we all pay the same amount we’d pay anyway, except we pay it directly to the people doing what we want done, we can send the bozos home for good. We just need the right app.
I’d eliminate pension plans for all government employees, especially elected officials, in favor of a ramped-up Social Security system for everybody, even scum. Governments and I will settle up once a year, like we do now, and that’ll be that. No deductions, only popular wars, less flim-flam.
Local deep democracy means that you can direct your exorbitant parking fine as you see fit, ditto for property and sales tax. With salaries displayed on government workers’ uniforms and i.d. badges, we’ll all be in a better position to know who’s useful and who isn’t.
Meanwhile, my family is determined to stand tall in the face of worldwide threats of terrorism. We will, of course, continue to upgrade our arsenal, probably moving this year to fully automatic weaponry capable of firing more bullets faster than ever, and we’ll certainly be wanting the newest, most patriotic ammunition to keep ourselves in line. This is no time for freedom.
At my house, it’s too bad about our food budget, but after our teeth fall out we won’t be able to eat so much anyway, so I expect it’ll all turn out good in the end, which might be sooner than we think.