Saturday, August 12, 2017

Does Crowd Funded Government Give More Political Power To Corporations?

Brian Johnson continues with another stimulating question: Does Crowd Funded Government give more political power to corporations?

Brian Johnson
August 1, 2017 at 7:38 AM

I just noticed this. Your giving the citizen the CHOUCE to pay taxes or not? If I had the choice to not pay taxes I would probably not pay taxes. Even if I did choose to pay, it would be at a much reduced rate. As I said before, I am the average American, so you are right, I'll probably spend it. You're implying that if that money goes into the corporate world then they will then distribute these dollars as they see fit. You are right in one regard, there would no longer be reason for the current practice of using lobbyest to make decisions since now corporate America has the power to put their money where they want. That is after they have taken their cut because corporate America is built on greed and glut.

So, the short story in this choice of taxation is maybe the average citizen doesn't pay taxes, or at least a much reduced percentage, but then spends it. Corporations grow larger and increase their bank rolls. The stock market severely inflates due to companies controlling their earnings through their choice of how much they pay taxes. And when said company sees something that benefits their business, they throw their bankroll at it. Instead of taking government out of the politicians hands and putting it in the people's, if you give citizens the "choice" of paying taxes or not, and in general they don't, you have just given control to corporate America. Trump would have never had to run for president in your proposal, because he would have already had a great deal of contol, and in fact the presidency would have given him less.

Crowd Funded Government
August 12, 2017

Some of the most common feedback that I receive is that voluntary taxation would be a bad thing, and that involuntary taxation is the best way to fund our collective desires. I have never been able to follow any logic supporting involuntary taxation.

Involuntary taxation is theft if you wouldn't voluntarily pay that amount. If you would voluntarily choose to pay fewer taxes than you are currently paying involuntarily, then you are admitting that the government is currently stealing the difference from you every year. I don't like being stolen from, so I don't support involuntary taxation. If someone is forcefully taking money from you for causes that you don't support, then that is theft. I have never met anyone who supports theft, therefore I know that Crowd Funded Government has the logical upper hand if we can get the message out there.

The Crowd Funded Government movement excites me because this will give us the chance to see exactly which government programs citizens actually support, and exactly how much they want to pay for those programs. My favorite example is currently the new spending program on the southern border wall. Many people are strongly for or against the wall, but the only way that we can settle that debate in our current political framework is to vote for politicians who are either for or against the wall. Why not cut through the bureaucracy and simply find out how much citizens actually want to pay for the wall?

Regarding the central points of your comment regarding corporate power, you are making an argument that I am finding hard to logically follow. According to you, corporations would have more power to direct government spending how they want via Crowd Funded Government compared to the current system. However, I see it differently. In my opinion, under the current system, corporations have the ability to use lobbyists to get their corporate objectives accomplished for a fraction of the cost compared to the Crowd Funded Government funding mechanism.

Consider Government Widgets (Gwidgets) as an example of how lobbying in the current system gives corporations much more political power than they would have under the Crowd Funded Government approach. In this example, Gwidgets are produced by private sector companies and are then only purchased by governments. Manufacturing companies that would benefit from Gwidget manufacturing currently only need to spend a fraction of the cost of the total production on lobbyists. The lobbyists help the politicians write the laws that authorize the funding of Gwidget manufacturing. Those Gwidget manufacturing contracts are worth much more than the lobbyists who wrote the laws. The funding of those government contracts is then involuntarily collected from all citizens via taxation. The Gwidget manufacturing corporations have now received a payoff from the taxpayers that is far greater than their lobbying costs.

Under a Crowd Funded Government design, the Gwidget manufacturing companies desiring to fund the publicly funded manufacturing of Gwidgets could still hire lobbyists to write the laws. However, the laws would only matter if citizens choose to fund them. Corporations could voluntarily fund Gwidget manufacturing themselves, but why would a corporation contribute $1 to a government program that would then pay them back the $1 that they contributed? Crowd Funded Government solves the problem of corporations lobbying the government to spend money on projects that then provide a greater payoff to the corporations that paid for the lobbyists.

Crowd Funded Government is the best solution regarding the current problem of corruption in government funding. If you, or anyone reading, has an answer regarding how we can stop corporations from paying lobbyists to write laws that provide a greater payoff to those corporations than the cost of lobbying then I'm ready to support that idea. Until someone presents me with a better idea, I'm going to continue to spread the logic of Crowd Funded Government.

I'm going to move all questions to Twitter moving forward. I will copy the best Twitter discussions to this blog and expand on them as time allows. I also need to start going through the "On Deck @" list, which is finally possible now that the flooding in northern Illinois has subsided. Until next time, please remember that the truth should never fear the light.