Dr. Armando Gutierrez is a Political Scientist who has taught at several universities in the United States. He has also run his own political consulting business and has undertaken campaigns for major offices including president, senate and congress. He writes regular essays for his own website: www.onequestiononly.com
One Question Only: A Taxpayer's Manifestoby Armando Gutierrez
Every year without fail some 136 million Americans hand over almost $1.2 trillion to the U.S. Treasury in the form of income taxes. That money is allocated by Congress as part of its "discretionary budget." This fund supports an unimaginable number of programs, some worthy, some with no merit at all. Indeed, significant monies are spent in ways that are both unaccountable and counterproductive to their intended use.
We are told, of course, that our control over budget allocations comes through the mechanism of our elected representatives in Congress. But we know better. One person's vote weighed against thousands of lobbyist dollars has come to have an all too familiar outcome. Americans have no say at all as to how that money, even though every cent comes out of taxpayers' pockets, is spent. It doesn't have to be that way.
This book outlines the ten major funding categories of federal discretionary spending. It delineates many of the programs that are funded and to what end. Most importantly and for the first time ever, anywhere, it offers taxpayers everywhere, an alternative. It proposes that one question be added to all income tax forms. That question would specify the ten major funding areas and allow taxpayers to write in the numerical percentage that they wish to go to each. The cumulative percent that all taxpayers choose would bind Congress and the President to those amounts in the succeeding fiscal year. This is the only realistic alternative that gives the power of the dollar back to who contributes it and to whom it should belong: the taxpayer.
The times call for radical changes in our nation's priorities. That change will not come from Washington, D.C. One Question Only: A Taxpayer's Manifesto offers the only hope for such change. It puts power where it rightly belongs in a democracy, in the hands of the people. Learn More at www.onequestiononly.com
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