Saturday, December 29, 2007


I have a dream that in a true democracy, citizens would be allowed to decide where 30% of their tax money was spent. The government would be obliged to provide an annual book to every household that described all the projects, programs, and causes that the government was currently servicing. Half of the budget from any government sponsored program would be determined by its allocated public "gifts." This type of arrangement would encourage citizens to become more involved in government and would give us an infinitely more tangible connection to the operation of our beloved country. In a more sophisticated state, write-in initiatives would also be considered if presented in a thoughtful manner. Citizens could petition for their individual initiatives, and if enough support was garnered, these initiatives could be presented in a separate section of the annual book. When radical ideas make perfect sense, they cease to be radical.


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