Making Government Operations More Open

Make the IRS auditors open and accountable to citizens

The IRS is the opposite of an open government. They operate in a "we are always right" fashion and are nearly impossible to get help from. They have been created for a purpose to collect money for the people to help our nation of the people. However, they forgot along the way that the same people they treat with indifference and as a number are those that they are working for. First, the IRS should not deploy an assumption... more »

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To fund health care, tax sugary sodas and (legalize and) tax marijuana

Overconsumption of sugary soft drinks is a major contributor to obesity and related health issues, and is hence a big cause of out-of-control health care costs. A moderate tax on sugary soft drinks, and the elimination of the corn subsidies that make high-fructose corn syrup calories so cheap, will steer consumers to healthier alternatives. This is traditionally called a "sin tax". Similarly, while most Americans agree... more »

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Legal & Policy Challenges

Incentivizing Sustainability Through a Tax Code Based on Consumption

Our tax system is screwed up. We're taxed for owning a house; we're taxed for owning land; we're taxed for having a job; we're taxed for pretty much existing. While it's true that taxes are necessary for a government to function, they don't have to be this numerous and/or complicated. There are thousands of pages of tax codes in Washington that are way too complicated for the average American to understand. Corrupt businesses... more »

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~The World, As I, We, You May See It: The Strive For The Concept Of

The World, As I, We, You May See It: The Strive For The Concept Of "Happiness" And How To Usefully Maintain It (Written In Response To The Open Government Idea Brainstorm, May 22, 2009) By Ben Shannon The Intro: Each of us Human Beings live our lives day to day striving to maintain a level of balance, of general happiness. Events can seemingly come and go like changing seasons. Some of us are in a position to move,... more »

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(@gbtorsion)

Training and Development

The World, As I, We, You May See It: The Strive For The Concept Of "Happiness" And How To Usefully Maintain It (Written In Resp

The World, As I, We, You May See It: The Strive For The Concept Of "Happiness" And How To Usefully Maintain It (Written In Response To The Open Government Idea Brainstorm, May 22, 2009) By Ben Shannon The Intro: Each of us Human Beings live our lives day to day striving to maintain a level of balance, of general happiness. Events can seemingly come and go like changing seasons. Some of us are in a position to move,... more »

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(@johnwaynemcclung)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Congress Can't Give Themselves Raises; Must Pay Taxes

One of the most frustrating events in government is when the legislature tells the people to be prepared to sacrifice then have that same legislature give itself a raise. Who wouldn't give themselves a raise if given the choice. While I don't have what I consider to be the one way of determining legislators pay, I'm sure plenty of people would have some suggestions. Here is one possible idea: Legislators receive the... more »

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(@davidwseattle)

New Strategies and Techniques

Full Employment

In 1946 Congress drew up the Full Employment Act. Business interests gutted it and it no longer had any teeth ("Full" was even dropped from the name), but if we are to continue to be the strong country we have always been, we need Congressional action, and a public movement to back it up, to ensure that everyone who wants a job is employed and at livable wages. There's plenty that needs doing and we have plenty of... more »

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(@peterjackson)

Legal & Policy Challenges

We Need A Completely New Tax Code

The tax system we have now is so convoluted it encourages non-compliance. Consider a grossly simplified tax system that will make taxes easy and automatic for the bulk of Americans. Specific suggestions: [Note: I am not suggesting doing away with graduated income tax. I am suggesting making the tax flat for *most* and leave the complex tax system for just the high wage earners, who can afford expensive CPAs.] VAT... more »

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(@peterjackson)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Combine Tax Systems

The US tax system is composed of so many different taxes: FICA, Income Tax, Medicare, cigarette, gasoline, unemployment, AMT, etc. I'm sure that just scratches the surface. The reason why we have so many taxes is that everytime Congress creates a new program, they have to create a tax to pay for it. Simplify! Develop a small number of taxes. Income, Sales, VAT, whatever. Then adjust the rates on those taxes to... more »

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(@nicholaspotter)

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Required personal finance education in high schools

Smarter consumers are smarter citizens. Given the number of problems related to people not understanding their finances that have spread exponentially over the past year, its in the government's best interest to make sure people know the best way to make their money work for them. Had this sort of program been in place, we might have avoided some of the current crises we now face. First: Personal finance. From balancing... more »

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(@lihu00)

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VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR

I propose that we tally up what we should pay in taxes at the end of every year and that we should be able to elect to send the money to the public program(s) of our choice. If our concern is education, then we should send some to the school our kids go to. If the concern is poverty, send some to the soup kitchen or the the rehabilitation center or the job service agency that helps those folks. If our concern is potholes... more »

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(@scooper47)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Make the FICA tax apply to all Income up to $100,000,000.00

Increase the FICA tax to apply to all Income up to $100,000,000.00. The Wealthy Individuals and all Corporations used our Public Infrastructure, built with Public Bonds! They would not have made a red cent without our Public Infrastructure. Therefore they need to pay Usage Tax for that priviledge.It is a Priviledge not a Right! We could fund Medicare for all in an instant and forever! Our National Debt would disappear... more »

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(@melissa)

New Strategies and Techniques

Allow wealthy people to pay more taxes

Don't raise taxes on the wealthy. Let them pay more if they wish, and perhaps give them some form of tax credit for doing so. Warren Buffet said he would be willing to pay more taxes and that the tax law should change as a result. Why can't he just pay more anyway. Other wealthy people may have a better use for their capital, like investing in new technologies that will lead to job creation. So, wealthy people... more »

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(@micahkt)

New Tools and Technologies

Interactive Tax Patronage System: Choose Which Taxes We Pay

The theory behind this system is that most people agree with the need to pay their taxes and support our democratic system of government, but they don’t agree with using their taxpayer dollars to personally fund all of the government agencies and projects that get formed without their input. By creating a government website – i.e. www.webtax.gov – which allows all taxpayers to interactively build “tax quorums” around... more »

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(@debdaveandpets)

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taxes

I would have a resource tax. I would tax people on the resources thay use up, destroyed, or any thay keep for thier private use. The resources of the earth should be shared by all and if someone use up, destroyed, or keep any for just thier private use thay should pay the rest of us for those resources through a resource tax that can be use to pay for government and any money left over can be rebated back to the rest... more »

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