A MODEST PROPOSAL TO INCREASE NEEDED REVENUE WITHOUT RAISING TAXES

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We’re all aware that because of the economic situation there is a danger that more and more necessary services are going to have to be cut – social security, police, education, roads, the arts, unemployment benefits, scientific research, etc., etc. None of us want these things to happen, but no one wants to pay higher taxes, either.

Americans are pretty decent people. So instead of demanding more compulsory taxes….

Why not ask?

Why not just ask Americans if they could add a little extra, on a completely voluntary basis, to their April 15th return? Sure, many people wouldn’t (and in this economy, many people couldn’t), but I bet many of us, in all economic brackets, would be willing to help pay for police protection, children’s education, safe roads, benefits for the elderly, deficit reduction, and so forth, if we were just politely asked instead of being ordered to do so. In fact, the state and federal governments would probably end up with more revenue (and far less anger and resentment) than they can squeeze out of us with taxes.