(@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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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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(@ambergunn83)

Making Data More Accessible

National tax transparency website needed

Have you ever wondered what your true federal tax bill is? We all know our income tax bill, but what about all of the other federal taxes assessed separately for various activities, services or products? The Tax Foundation has a slew of data on various federal taxes here: http://taxfoundation.org/taxdata/ We already have a national spending website, and that's nothing to sneeze at, but shouldn't the other half of ...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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(@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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(@billb1776)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Legalize marijuana for agriculture, taxation, medical, bio fuel, AND TOURISM.

Legalize marijuana for agriculture, taxation, medical, bio fuel, AND TOURISM. Henry Ford built his first car using plastic made from industrial hemp. It was also powered by hemp diesel. The oil industry does not want this. Industrial and medical hemp would generate billions of dollars in tax money. Bio diesel is not my favorite fuel, but it can be "made in America". Location, location, location, tourism in America ...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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(@toeknee323)

Communications Strategies

Communicate the true costs of healthcare reform, cap and trade, and other proposals

The President is hiding the true costs of his programs. He mostly touts the phantom "savings" his proposals will supposedly reap as a benefit. Please communicate the true costs of increased energy taxes, taxes to pay for healthcare, and the like. Should also include the estimated jobs and lives lost as a result of the poor being unable to heat their homes and the rationing of healthcare, etc;...in addition ...more »

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(@mockrandal)

New Strategies and Techniques

DOD Weapons System Procurement and Cost Assessment

Speaking from experience as a former U.S.A.F. Civil Servant performing duties as a WG-9 Jet Engine Technician, then as a GS 5-10 Material Inventory Control Specialist, and as a Division Leader of the U.S.A.F. QP 4 Program - that the current methods of defining related costs of maintaning Weapon Systems is inaccurate and outdated. Example: The recycling of used parts into the rebuilding process includes the purchase price ...more »

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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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@tomwadkins)

Making Government Operations More Open

Common Sense Tax Law/Rate

I propose that all of our tax laws and tax codes be scraped and replaced with a simple flat tax system. In this system it would not matter how you earned your money or from what source, you would be taxed at the same flat percentage for every single dollar of income. No longer would we need loopholes, tax accountants, tax lawyers, or nearly as many IRS agents as we now have. You make a Dollar, you pay a flat percentage ...more »

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