I wonder what would happen if voting got tied in with paying taxes via what I’ve started calling in this article a “tax ballot.” With the development and availability of modern information technology it’s possible for voting and taxes to occupy the same time frame for every state, provide a “paper trail” in the form of a series of digital exchanges that the voter/tax payer initiates and can track personally.
A system like this would also open the door to true government transparency. I spent a while trying to figure out where my tax dollars go and couldn’t get further than the typical pie-graph of defense, medicare/medicade, social security, and various other black box systems voted on by representatives. Whatever happens in the black boxes obviously money goes into the pool and expenditures come out another side, for many of them to the aid or paycheck of another citizen. In the system I’m wishing for privacy precautions should apply which means that the system shouldn’t be able to display on basis of individual or business except for the case of the individual or business logging in. Displaying pools by county with additional drop down pools for public offices and organizations as well as fed and state tax expenditures.
In time this kind of system can be revised and expanded to include functionality for bidding in or out various services that are new or obsolete in local government which can be expanded wider until it reaches a federal level. This process would give tax payers some self-representation and, therefore, personal responsibility for the way the local, state, and federal government distributes services. A government for the people could start to becoming of the people and by the people.