Radical_Initiator wrote: Vaniver wrote:
dedwrekka wrote:It's how taxes work. You don't get to choose whether they go towards a war you don't like
This is a problem, and the fact that things currently are this way in no way means that things should be this way.
What's the solution, then? We can try to elect lawmakers who listen more closely to us, but unless we change the tax system so that money is allocated by popular vote, aren't we always in the situation where we elect people and then hope they fund things the way we want them to?
It's more convoluted than that. Even if you elect lawmakers who agree with what you want*, there's no guarantee that they will be in the majority.
*Actually there's no guarantee that you're
in the majority for your area, so you will always have a "politican who doesn't listen to his people" because we don't group ourselves geographically based on what we think about a specific political issue. Even if we did, which issue would you be forced to geographically base yourself upon? Politicians would regularly tear themselves in thirds on every issue to try to cover all areas supported by their constituents. Which is why "good" politicians would be labeled "sleazy slimeballs that flip-flop on issues" and bad politicians are the clean guys who stick to one case and never visit their home state again.
Thesh wrote:The point is that you don't spend money based on popular vote, you give each and every individual the choice on how to spend his money.
Which requires an entirely different set people who have to keep track of everything you give. Of course, that's entirely impossible when you consider that sales tax and toll booth taxes would grind the economy to a halt in no time flat if you had to make sure that the person paying wasn't going to be upset about the money going to fund something they didn't like.
Or, you know, just lie with the truth and say that "Yes, your money is not going to pay for this and that which you don't like. If you think I'm lying good luck proving it". Once the money goes in, there is no sequential order, there is no ownership other than that of the government, and what's paid could be reasonably and honestly said to not have been what you put into the tax pot.
Of course, the real problem has nothing to do with taxes being allocated to certain programs, it has to do with how that money is allocated within programs. Plenty of good government programs do terrible things with their money.