Originally Posted by K-Dog
If I were in charge of taxes overall, I would have the entire tax system set up the way I described. There are some things that taxes have to go to. Things like roads, and airports and the like, but you give people choices of how to spend their tax dollars would help alleviate some of the pork barrel stuff. The number of people on both sides of an issue will end up evening out their dollars overall. The amount of taxes wouldn't be any different, it would just make people less resistant to the idea and actually help the government collect more money. After all, the richest conservatives use so many loopholes that they pay the least amount of tax under the current system.
I agree that rich people use the system to their advantage, both liberals and conservatives. Why? Because they have fashioned it to their advantage. However, I can't agree that there would be an evening out process.
If there was an opt-out option with regard to certain taxes, NO-ONE would pay for them. We are a society that wants everything for nothing. We always think someone else other than ourselves must pay for things. That's why- in my view- it's been so difficult to craft a bill for health insurance.
In MY world, health insurance would be a non-profit enterprise!