Please, oh please, YES!

The “progressives” on the leftosphere are trying to cut off the debate over just how high of a tax rate is “too much” by coming up with the idea of providing taxpayers a receipt of sorts telling them where their tax dollars are going.

While not a complete list, the current example looks a little something like this

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After I was finished laughing and filling myself to the brim with hope that someone in the current administration would take this idea and run with it, I decided to do the math for a Constitutionally mandated national budget.

First of all, we get rid of SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, the NIH, Foreign Aid, Low Income K-12 Education Funding, Pell Grants, the EPA, Head Start, Public Housing, the DEA, Amtrak, and Arts Funding.

I’d also be cutting the National Parks Budget completely because they’re going to be selling some land to fund themselves for the next century or so, and then we’ll see if they’ve brought their land holdings down to a reasonable size.

Secondly, we cut the IRS budget in half, since under a Constitutional system there would either be a national sales tax or a flat income tax and we could easily cut half the bureaucrats out of the process. Then we cut the FBI budget in half, because while they can be considered Constitutionally mandated, their scope is currently too huge to be justified.  Lastly, we cut the budget for the salaries and benefits for Congress in half. I don’t need to explain this one, right?

What we now have left is all military operational costs (including NASA), the national highways budget, the Smithsonian and interest on the current national debt (because you can’t change history).

Little bit of quick addition and we find that the average taxpayer’s bill is now only $993.26 per year, or about 18.5% of their current bill. So, we’ll add on a temporary doubling of the payment towards the interest on the national debt to try and get that paid off more quickly, and were up to $1280.29, or only 24% of the current tax bill.

So please, if you have a moment this week, call your representatives and beg them, in a sincere way, to make this list of where the tax money goes a reality.

The only way to wake people up how government wastes their money is to show it to them.

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8 Responses to Please, oh please, YES!

  1. Rivrdog says:

    I’ll bet that by now, someone has taken this list and indexed it to one’s actual tax bracket. You don’t suppose anyone’s blogged about THAT, do you?

  2. anonymous says:

    Even better would be to make withholding 100%. Employer sends your full paycheck to the IRS. IRS takes out what they think you owe and deposits what’s left over into your account.

    Property of the State and all…

  3. guy says:

    The first thing that came to my mind when I heard of this was “and how much is this project going to cost us?”

    They’d have to set up another huge bureaucracy with funding in the billions to send these notices out that would be two years late and wildly inaccurate.

  4. John David Galt says:

    This is a “who bells the cat?” problem.

  5. Scott says:

    Well, “Anonymous,” that was already suggested in Britain.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/39265847

  6. Chris Mallory says:

    If you want a return to Constitutional government, you will need to cut the military by about 75%. No reason to keep NASA or the Smithsonian either. I am in favor of all three.

  7. Chris Mallory says:

    Edit: I am in favor of cutting all three.

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