Here’s the Background Story:
Crowdsourcing has been used for several things since it was introduced. People have created campaigns from everything from dealing with expensive medical issues to buying some coveted object. And recently, it’s even been used to generate funding for both sides of the proposed wall between Mexico and the US. The campaigns were so effective that one has to wonder if it wouldn’t be a better way to deal with national costs than taxes do. After all, this way Americans could pay for what they really want to rather than waiting for the government to spend as they see fit.
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
In a little over a week, one Go Fund Me account was able to raise more than $12 million in support of the wall. The account was created after it became obvious that there was going to be a partial government shutdown since the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement over a budget that involved the proposed wall.
Americans felt so strongly about the issue that even knowing they had already paid their taxes for government use, they were still willing to contribute even more of their funds in order have the wall built. The opposing side felt just as strongly, and a campaign was created in order to raise funding to help manage the immigrants who were trying to come into the United States.
On this particular issue, Americans all want the same thing. If you’re going to come here, do it legally and safely. The issue is the details of everything in between.
But this is just one issue. What if instead of paying taxes, and your money being managed by representatives who sometimes don’t seem to care what you want your money spent on, you could divide those funds as you wished, across issues that really mattered to you?
We suspect that such methods could result in less expensive government, and maybe even a smaller one. It might also result in things like less money for education as those without children or any interest in college refused to put their money into education funding. Then again, the same is true of the opposite side. Maybe those with children and an interest in college would put more of their money into education and less into the military.
For now, it’s just a concept. It’s not even likely that it would ever happen, as it would mean some serious adjustments to the Constitution and the freely flowing funds in the hands of government representatives, but all great things start with an idea, don’t they?
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Should Crowdsourcing Replace Taxes?
35% Voted Yes
65% Voted No
What Do You Think?
What do you think? Do you trust your fellow Americans enough to use crowdfunding over taxes to take care of the issues that matter to you and future generations?