Bad idea for several reasons.
Looking at it strictly in terms of practicality, it would be a nightmare to implement. We already have insanity at the IRS and are trying to reform that beast and make it less evil and cumbersome. How is something like this supposed to be efficiently taken care of? I don’t see how, even if we did the Libertarian thing and privatized.
Constitutionally, this country cannot and should not be a tyranny of the majority. The moment that a minority’s rights are infringed upon in favor of a majority, we are not America anymore. And in a system where you are voting with your dollars, distinct minorities will be even more distinct, and it would be enevitable that eventually a group will be shit upon because they are in the minority.
This would also serve to further divide us as a people, something which would be bad for society.
Finally (and this one may come off as snobbery, but that it not intended), people are stupid. We can’t get people to vote as it is, so we are going to let them write the checks directly where it “needs” to go? Sorry… I wouldn’t lend most people a pen, let alone the ability to directly decide what areas of our government get funded or not.
In fact, I wouldn’t even want that responsibility, thanks. Why do I think I can make the decision between a social program that may be beneficial even though I never would need it and funding a military which on the surface seems yucky (I’m a pacifist) but if someone was detonating a nuclear weapon or even trying to invade us here, I would want the military to be able to defend us.
Bad idea all the way around. We are not a true democracy, never were one, and trying to become one creates more problems than it solves.
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