Seriously: You can even tell people that you came up with the idea–I don’t care–I just want the idea to get out there! So, here it goes:
I watch documentaries–a lot of them. I watch documentaries about the food supply chain, about wage slavery, about the economy, about ALLLLL kinds of world problems, and here is what most of them say: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR.
They put the responsibility of fixing all these world problems on us, the oppressed, who have no power to create laws, to raise militaries and send them into war, to issue police departments badges and guns, to tax, to govern, or do anything that resembles ACTUAL, authoritative power. They tell us, in order to to effect public policy, we need only to purchase certain items and NOT purchase other items when we are at the store. But this ignores a very simple principle…
If I own the store, and if I have a vested interest in the supply chain, and the power that holds over all the slaves at the bottom of the system, I’m just going to RAISE THE PRICE on all the things that might in one way or another upset the stranglehold I currently maintain over all the impoverished, oppressed consumers.
EXAMPLE: in my store, conventional bananas cost 20 cents per pound and fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas cost 70 cents per pound. YOU, as the ethical consumer, decide that you want to cast your vote for the fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas and so you are willing to pay the extra 50 cents per pound to ensure that your vote is heard. But, when I see that the trend starts to shift, and more and more ethical consumers are purchasing the fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas for 70 cents per pound, I’m just going to raise the price to whatever price I NEED to raise it to, in order to ensure that you are FORCED into purchasing the conventional, non ethical bananas, thereby supporting the oppressive power structure I already had in place and ensuring its continuity.
Do you see now how voting with your dollar AT THE CASH REGISTER doesn’t actually work? Do you see now it’s JUST ANOTHER SEDATIVE: a way we can BLAME OURSELVES for problems they design us into???
BUT!! There is ONE WAY voting with your dollar MIGHT actually work!!! Here’s how:
We all pay taxes every year, correct? Here’s what I propose: divert ALL taxes (sales, income, etc.) to be paid at a single point in the year. Most people use electronic forms of payment, so keeping track of their accumulated sales tax throughout the year would not be a very difficult thing to do. Craigslist purchases already don’t incur sales tax, so people already get around paying tax on many cash purchases. A list would be made available NO LATER THAN SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE to tax time every year. This list will be compiled of EVERY SINGLE government program, subprogram, agency, committee–anything you can think of. You would then have the opportunity to allocate DIRECTLY to whatever agency, subagency, committee, department: whatever YOU wanted to and you could allocate whatever percentage of your tax obligation you chose to however many agencies you wanted to divide your tax obligation amongst. YOU WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY ALL OF THE TAXES YOU HAD ACCRUED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BUT YOU COULD DECIDE, DIRECTLY, WHICH PROGRAMS YOU WANTED TO FUND AND WHICH ONES YOU DIDN’T.
No more lobbyists; no more corrupt politicians. There would still be legislators, but corrupt programs would get no funding because WE would decide NOT to fund them.
Want to fund the military? Go for it.
Want to build hospitals? Put your money where your mouth is.
Support ethical farming? Vote for it at tax time.
When WE decide where the money goes: we take back the power.
This would work: don’t let their brainwashing convince you it wouldn’t. Let’s stop FOLLOWING the money and let’s start LEADING it.
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