In light of the passage of $95 billion (yes, billion) to pay for the Iraq “war” through September (yes, only September), I propose a new way of allotting income taxes to which cause.
Why not let taxpayers themselves choose where their taxes go? It can’t be difficult in this information age to let people check off what percentage of their taxes go to what and have an automated system that breaks down total percentage after all taxes are in. A certain percentage would be taken out for stuff everybody wants, like public education and transportation funding, but the remaining would be divvied up to how you prescribe.
Say I want 50% of my taxes to go to social programs like welfare, women’s shelters and homeless prevention, and 50% to help the environment, and the yahoo republican (I’m sure he’s republican) upstairs wants 100% of his to go to the war effort. So be it. That way, I am sure that none of the taxes I pay go to crap I don’t feel needs to be funded.
It can’t be difficult. All they’re dealing with then is simple economics and pie charts.
But, oh wait, it would probably put politicians out of a job.