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.