Jewish World Review April 23, 2003 / 21 Nisan, 5763
Too much money? Tax me more!
In what may be the most novel approach to tax reform yet,
a Pennsylvania state legislator has proposed a "Tax Me
More" fund that relies on donations from taxpayers.
Similar proposals have been made in Kansas, Alaska and Oregon by legislators opposed
to raising taxes in a weak economy. Arkansas has had a "Tax Me More" fund since 2001.
So far it's only taken in between $2,000 and $3,000, so there's a ways to go before the
fund puts much of a dent in the state's $142 million deficit.
Still, I think "Tax Me More" is a great idea that will raise lots of money once people are
made aware of the program. Especially around this time of year it's hard to find a person
who doesn't wish he could give more money to the state and federal governments. I know
that when I was writing out my check to the IRS, warm salty tears were streaming down
my face because I just didn't feel that I was giving enough.
I'm often overcome with the spirit of giving while doing my taxes, too. My wife has often
mistaken the shouts and strangled bleats that emanate from my office as obscenities when
what I'm really doing is yelling "Tax Me More! Tax Me More!" over and over again.
Even when my tax bill wipes me out, I would feel a patriotic duty to tap my emergency
fund, which consists of the loose change that's fallen underneath the sofa cushions, and
make an additional, voluntary, contribution to the government.
It wouldn't be much, I realize, but every penny helps support much-needed government
programs, like the impending war with Canada and the tax break for Bill Gates.
Tax Me More: For those who feel they haven't given enough.
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