Fandango’s Provocative Question #16

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question came to mind when I started to work on our federal taxes this week. My wife said, “I don’t want any of our tax dollars to go to pay for Trump’s goddam vanity wall.” Unfortunately, we taxpayers don’t have the ability to earmark how our tax dollars are — or are not — spent. And so my wife’s comment gave me fodder for this week’s provocative question:

“Should tax payers have the option to explicitly say what they don’t want their tax dollars spent on?”

What do you think? What areas, if any, would you wish to exclude yout tax dollars from paying for?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

15 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #16

  1. bottomlesscoffee007 February 27, 2019 / 4:24 am

    So, this is very interesting for me. For awhile I have wished as individual tax payers we could decide what every fraction of a cent was used for.

    Allow us to chose individually and then we will have more control over what we want and what we don’t want. I think it would be a much fairer system.

    Including city, state and federal.

    If you don’t want your tax dollars going to the police, then you don’t get to use the police.

    A pay to use system seems so wonderful to me. Instead of taxes, why not subscriptions or memberships. If you pay into this thing, then you can use this thing. If you don’t want to pay, no problem, you just don’t have access to this thing.

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  2. bottomlesscoffee007 February 27, 2019 / 4:25 am

    Imagine, not paying for the salaries of politicians you do not support!!! Not paying into laws or policies that you do not agree with.

    I think it has the possibility of bringing everyone together in the sense that we would once again be viewed as individuals rather than simply “the public”.

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  3. The Haunted Wordsmith February 27, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Nope, nope, and more nope. It’s a collective pot and the more people stop thinking of it as still “their money” the better off we will be. It’s utterly ridiculous and infuriating when I hear people say things like, “They shouldn’t be allowed to buy junk food or soda with my money” (referring to people on food stamps). I always want to hand them a dollar and say there, there’s your refund for the 1/1000th of a cent you contributed to that program. I could go on and on about this, but I’m not going to. Great question though.

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  4. myforever77 February 27, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Yes, I do but I don’t think it will result with any changes of how the money is spent, it will only help, in my opinion, to clear my own conscience because in my conscience I do now want any of my money or yours to go for the killing of the unborn.

    I remember my dad when sending in his contribution, he would handwrite a note where not to use his money, he said it cleared his conscience. That is worth the action alone.

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  5. crushedcaramel February 27, 2019 / 9:21 am

    This is very interesting to me. I don’t get involved in politics, but I do respect authority, obey the law and pay my taxes.
    I think I would enjoy preparing a post on this question normally, but I am finding it really hard to concentrate at the moment.
    Still, I will enjoy reading what everyone else has to say.

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