The citizen should have taxes directly removed from the income paid to him. Paying taxes is one of the only and certainly the most important democratic act which a citizen can carry out. Paying taxes is worth so much more than a simple vote every so many years. We vote at every election, but little changes for the common, tax paying citizen. Your taxes might go up or down a percent, the governemt may move left or right a degree, but on the whole, there is little or not effect from voting for the common citizen. In the U.S, citizens resist taxation. They get guns and claim that income tax is unconstitutional. This may be going a bit far. It suggests to me a total paranoia about one`s government. A complete lack of trust in one`s government. When you are arming yourself, to protect yourself against the people you have chosen to govern you, the interaction is botched. You can not end up with nice looking origamy when your first fold is a tear. In Canada, our income taxes are higher than most places. Don`t get me wrong, this post is not advocating that taxation is wrong or that people should not pay taxes. On the contrary. This post is to suggest that taxation is an essential democratic activity. Paying your taxes says to your government: ''I trust you'' and ''i love you enough to give you my hard earned money so that you will redistribute it in a way which shows my love for all of my brothers and sisters ''. Paying your taxes says to your government: ''you are doing a good job and I have faith in you'' and it also says ''I trust you with my children or my aging parents or my mentally ill aunt or my crippled sibling''. Voting for a government just says: ''i don`t like the other guy'' or ''you said some of the things i was thinking about''. Voting is the decoy, paying taxes is the real democratic action.
The problem is that we don`t pay our taxes of free will. You actually don`t have a choice. It is taken off your pay whether you agree or not. Yet, in 2011 there must be an objective or scientific way to evaluate whether or not a politician achieved what they set out or promised to do. Taxes should be proportional to what what achieved. A bonus tax should be levied when a politician achieves everything they were voted in to achieve. A political party which achieves nothing, pays itself more, spends millions on futile and non sustainable endeavours ought not be entitled to levy any taxes. In this way, the society which is doing the voting will also be accountable. If that society votes for a crook who spends all the money on war and p.r. campaings to spread lies then that society should pay the consequences knowingly by seeing the taxes go down along with social programs while each individual gets richer. Soon enough, that society would decay sufficiently to be in a position for revolution. Nobody likes revolution. We would all prefer not to do it.
Bottom line, taxes should be proportional to the efficacy of the government who is managing the taxes. When the government does nothing, taxes go down, when it serves the public dilligently and effectively, taxes may go up accordingly. Ineffective governments therefore appear useless more quickly and people will boot them out more quickly rather than allow them to continue siphoning the peoples ressources for ever and ever without ever being held to account. On the other hand, highly effective governments should produce such noticeable changes withing health care and educational and other social wellfare systems that they could be entitled to ask for more. Ironically though, more effective governments require less taxes to do more work by definition. As a result, the system corrects itself and prevents effective governements from becoming corrupt. In this scenario, an effective government which asks for more taxes would always be motivated to demonstrate why and where new taxes are needed. Make no mistake, the way income taxes are levied currently undermines democracy because the ordinary citizen has no choice but to pay whatever is asked. The conditions of taxation are not determined by the people but by a structure put in place by a few people. The situation in the U.S is different because it is based and a more sever application of capitalist principles which promote social Darwinism (a doomed adventure if i ever saw one) by where the individual with more wit can legally steal from another with impunity. This is the ''profit' model of economics by where if something makes money, it is deemed good. Deregulation of the banking system is proof enough of that. The situation in the U.S is different because it seems the ordinary, working class american citizen just doesn`t want to to pay taxes based on some constitutional principles. This is why the u.s is a terrible place to get sick if you have no money. Taxes remind Americans that they are monkeys like the rest of us. No offense to Americans, I love Americans, i call myself a monkey all the time.