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Coward’s way out

It used to be fun being a congressman. You were looked up to by most people; you got some nice perks; you got to spend a lot of other people’s money, becoming, in the process, a hero in the eyes of those few who benefited from your largess. Those were the good old days. But,alas, those days are gone. Now there is no ready supply of cash to give away. Now it is only about making tough decisions about what cuts to make in a federal budget that is always teetering on the brink of collapse. No wonder so many are cutting their losses and getting out.

The ones who remain will, for the most part, be those who get in it for a quick buck. Being a congressman can still open a lot of doors, making the afterlife of a congressman very rewarding.

But, while in office, they will be faced with the harsh reality that cuts must be made, and every choice will make you enemies. What is a self-serving congressman to do?

The perfect answer is right here. Get someone else to make those tough choices. Cantons are the perfect way out for the cowards in Congress. Let the people who pay the taxes determine what the taxes pay for. Let the cantons take the heat. Perfect!

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Make politicians tremble!

Clout in government comes from money. Look at how powerful all the big lobbyists are! Yet the real money in government comes from taxpayers. US taxpayers contribute 53% of all revenues to the federal government each year thru income taxes and social security contributions. So how come we have so little clout? It’s because all this money goes to the Treasury, where the politicians make all the decisions about how it should be spent. THEY get all the clout from all your taxes. Just doesn’t seem fair.

Does it have to be this way? Let’s imagine a different world, one where taxpayers have HUGE clout. How could that be?

In this different world, there are cantons, lobbying organizations whose sole purpose it to see that government money is spent as the taxpayers, not the politicians, want. When a taxpayer joins one of the cantons, each based on a particular political ideology that spans the diversity of humanity, they make a deal with the canton: get control of our taxes from the IRS in exchange for an agreement with politicians to cause them no pain at elections.

You see, the worst thing you can do as a lobbyist is to cause a politician pain when he is running for election. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is feared by politicians because it can cause politicians a great deal of pain by selectively opposing them. AIPAC, whose sole purpose is to make politicians kowtow to the Israeli government, does so by putting fear in the hearts of politicians at election time.

Cantons, whose sole purpose is to get control of taxes for its taxpaying members, and thus control runaway government spending, can do so by putting fear in the hearts of politicians who oppose them. It actually doesn’t take many members to do this. AIPAC has only 100,000 members. The NRA has almost 4 million. How many taxpayers are there? Ninety million! Those 90 million taxpayers directly contribute 53% of total revenues to the federal government. How many of them joining cantons would it take to make politicians tremble?

Taxpayer control of tax revenues thru cantons. This is the only way to end the black hole of government spending and debt that is swallowing us alive.

Right-sizing government.

Let’s say that the cantons, several of them from every political perspective, actually get control of their federal taxes, and are able to direct how they are spent. Congress continues to make laws and allocate expenditures, but always with the foreknowledge of which cantons can be depended on for which expenditures, when it comes time to cough up the dough.

Let’s further say that the current expenditure before the Congress and the cantons has to do with an undeclared war somewhere in the world. Certain cantons have stated that they are willing to contribute to the funding of any conflict that the current Commander-in-Chief declares to be necessary. Other cantons have stated that they will contribute only to wars declared by Congress, or none at all. Will this situation cause the war to be under-funded? Not necessarily. Those cantons that are willing to pay for the war may have more funds to contribute to this cause because they are not paying for someĀ other government programs, thereby making up for any shortfall caused by other cantons not contributing. Likewise, those cantons not willing to pay for the war will thereby have additional funds to contribute to government programs they alone favor.

And what about those government programs no canton wants to fund? Or what about those cantons unwilling to fund any government programs? These situations could be considered a natural form of “stimulus” spending, since these funds would go directly back into the productive economy, creating jobs.

Thus, every person, thru their canton, pays only for those things they believe in, and to the extent they find palatable. This provides the means to finally “right-size” government.

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