No Taxation Without Justification

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President Donald Trump
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Would you please examine a proposal for protecting abused children by giving your secretary a new paid vacation day?
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The news media of Nebraska could shock a lot of children and parents every year by publishing all of the names of abused children in our state who were killed in the previous year by a parent or guardian.  While this proposal may sound really terrible, it should make the next generation of voters much more committed to protecting those children for a simple reason.  A painful truth becomes much more painful when someone knows it is true but they have to wait for the information to be delivered.  However, all of the federal, state, and local politicians that I have written to seem to be afraid of being treated like children.  And no one in the news media will be able to communicate like a teacher, instead of entertainer, if it doesn’t become profitable to publish an annual remedial education course for multitasking voters.
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First, a virtual town hall meeting for an entire country must be created every year by giving every government employee a new paid vacation day.  This new fringe benefit for our hardily working public servants will always be scheduled on the Monday closest in the calendar to our average rate of taxation.  Which should make most taxpayers madder than an unregulated firecracker.  (Google Tax Freedom Day or read the last paragraph for an explanation on when the holiday will be scheduled.)  But their anger during the week of the holiday will also create an annual one week surge in demand for newspaper audits of our federal, state, and local governments.  Just like the annual surges in demand for toys with Christmas, turkeys with Thanksgiving, firecrackers with the 4th of July, flowers with Memorial Day, flags with Presidents Day, and alcohol with New Years Eve.
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Then with an annual Taxpayers Holiday, the profitable one week surge in supply of newspapers will become the perfect quantity and quality of information for normal children to enjoy reading and discussing with their parents.  Moreover, they will be traumatized every year by the names and numbers of children who were recently killed by a parent or guardian.  And when these children become teenagers, they will demand to know why their parents’ government of the people, etc, etc didn’t hired enough social workers to save as many abused children as possible.  But it won’t be very hard for them to realize by themselves that there hasn’t been enough social workers and/or the turnover rate was too high because previous generations of voters have repeatedly forgotten the issue.  So when these teenagers become adults, and they start voting while raising their own children, they will repeatedly monitor the annual statistics on abused children and vote for politicians who really want to protect our country’s most vulnerable special interest group. 
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(If your secretary is worried about the cost of another paid vacation for so many government employees, her concerns could be resolved by rescheduling Presidents Day as a Taxpayers Holiday.  With only one holiday for promoting more patriotism and better politicians, many businesses will give their employees a paid vacation day on the same Monday.  As a result, more employees and employers will celebrate twice as hard and stimulate the economy.  And I think George Washington would approve of celebrating on a three day weekend that is dedicated to fighting for No Taxation Without Justification.)
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Second, the impact of the virtual town hall meeting via state and local newspapers must be maximized with a law or amendment forcing every state to hold their caucuses and primary elections for the Presidency and Congress at least two weeks after the holiday.  This will change the annual audits and analyses into political report cards — right before people vote — that can be used for not choosing another tax and spend Democrat or another borrow and spend Republican.  And the one week review of metrics and opinions right before the caucuses and primary elections can also be reinforced six months later with a one weekend review before the general election.  Then the political report cards will work like the academic report cards that teachers use for communicating with parents.  Which will immediately change the balance of power between voters and politicians. 
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Because most parents, when a child brings home too many bad report cards in a row, will become much more involved in both disciplining and helping their child.  The extra discipline usually includes better monitoring of the child’s study habits and test scores.  The extra help can include reading the child’s textbooks so the parents can provide some free home tutoring.  This helps the parents set more realistic goals for their child and then to enforce those goals more consistently.  And that is what the voters need to do with their politicians.  They need to monitor their politician’s speeches and voting records more carefully.  They need to read more newspapers so they can help their politicians get better grades.  They need to treat some politicians like children who have gotten too many bad report cards in a row.
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When I brought home too many bad report cards in a row, my father was silently angry for an entire semester while he waited for my next report card.  Because he knew when the next report card would be mailed, and because he had to wait for the painful truth to be delivered, he had more than enough time and motivation to silently think about how he would inspire me to work harder in school.  Something that he was able to do because his silence was an unmistakable message that I had run out of excuses.  More importantly, the same chain reaction will happen with voters and change how they care about the weakest special interest groups in America.  When voters begin to realize that the next political report card is going to show that there aren’t enough social workers to protect abused children, they will find the time to think about how they can inspire their politician to reform the system before the net election.
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And when voters begin to understand that some foster care children are becoming homeless because there isn’t a safety net when they age out of the system, they will be motivated to punish politicians who are ignoring the issue.  And when they begin to study how many doctors are not accepting Medicaid patients because the remuneration is too low, they will be inspired to reward politicians who are willing to pay more money.  And when they begin to remember that overcrowded prisons are saving money in the short run but cost more in the long run because inmates have to develop more aggressive personalities to survive, thereby making it harder to stay out of prison when they are released, more voters will become hard on crime and a little softer on criminals.
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Ironically, the money for protecting the weakest special interest groups could come from the money for subsidizing the strongest special interest groups.  Then no one would have to vote for raising taxes.  Reporters will enjoy writing about the worst examples of wasteful government spending during these virtual town hall meetings.  And that should force every politician to metaphorically line up in circular firing squads where they will have to shoot at the special interest groups standing behind other politicians.  That is how the bridge to nowhere was eliminated.  It had been approved when a single sound bite in a national magazine forced almost every Congressman and Senator to vote against it.  Before the sound bite, they had to vote for the bridge because they had to vote for the projects in the legislation that were meant for the special interest groups in their districts and states.  After the negative publicity, they had to vote against it because the voters in their districts and states were angry.  So almost every politician will want to work harder to cut wasteful government projects because they won’t want to get a bad report card.  Which is going to mainly result in the elimination of wasteful government programs for the strongest special interest groups because they are the strongest special interest groups.
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Their superior strength won’t be enough to prevent the cuts because the voters are going to feel insulted every time their newspaper publishes another example of unjustifiable spending during a national town hall meeting.  And the voters are going to feel that they are being insulted by their politicians.  The insults will be similar to being insulted in front on your friends.  When that happens, even if it is a mild insult, the person being insulted is almost always going to respond much more forcefully than what would have been necessary with an insult that was done in private.  So every politician will be forced to line up in the circular firing squad to shoot at the special interest groups standing behind another politician.  No one can survive as a politician if his voters feel like they are being insulted by his lack of fiscal discipline.  With a Taxpayers Holiday, the annual town hall meetings via state and local newspapers will become seven consecutive Judgment Days for our government of the people, by the people, for the people.  Nearly everyone will be participating as a spectator in a virtual stadium and nearly everyone will feel like they have been insulted in front of their friends if their politicians continue to spend money on programs that can not be justified.  But if taxes need to be raised for protecting abused children, more voters will support the tax increase because they will know that their money is being spent for essential programs.
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Third, every newspaper can use the one week surge in supply and demand for newspapers as an opportunity to sell their best divide and conquer investigative journalism.  Thereupon the largest newspaper in every state will publish a comprehensive one day report on its senior Senator to Washington, D.C. and his most important committee assignments.  While the second largest newspaper will publish a comprehensive one day report on its junior Senator to Washington, D.C. and his most important committee assignments.  And in every Congressional District, the largest newspaper that is not investigating a Senator will publish a comprehensive one day report on its Congressman and his most important committee assignments.  As for the smaller newspapers that are not investigating a federal legislator, they can publish a one day report on their respective state Senators and their committee assignments.  Consequently some newspapers in Nebraska will be repeatedly investigating the Senators on the Health and Human Services Committee who are the most responsible for how our government of the people, etc, etc is protecting abused children. 
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And the voters in their districts are going to know which voters are the most responsible for monitoring the Senators on the Health and Human Services Committee.  Then these Nebraskan voters will act just like the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire who are the most responsible for nominating the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates.  Even though their Presidential caucuses and primaries are held every four years instead of every year, they are proud of their of their responsibility and they take it very seriously.  They read newspapers.  They go to debates.  They study the candidates.  And I believe the voters living in key districts in every state will respond the same way.  In fact, they will act just like parents who are much more protective of their own children.  They will take their responsibility to protect abused children very seriously because they know that they are the voters who are the most responsible preventing as many deaths as possible.  They can’t do this now because most of them don’t even know the name of their state Senator.     
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Without a Taxpayers Holiday, any reforms that are enacted in the upcoming session will gradually be undone when money is silently taken away from the programs and given to more powerful special interest groups.  And there won’t be enough money until another profitable scandal for the news media forces both voters and politicians to pay attention.  But then the cycle will repeat itself when the money is silently taken away and given to more powerful special interest groups.  (There wouldn’t be any reason to study history if history did not repeat itself.)  If children could vote, or if they could contribute money to politicians. maybe more abused children would survive.  But these reforms will never happen.  Again, any reforms that are enacted are eventually going to fail to protect as many children as possible.  And I need your help to make our country shock a lot of children every year so they will do a better job than their parents did at protecting abused children. 
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They will do a much better job because the predictable pain they feel every year during our virtual town hall meetings for an entire country will be much stronger than the unpredictable pain their parsents currently feel.  So they will want to avoid or at least minimize the pain by being more politically involved in how our government protects children.  Even your secretary will have felt more pain when she read this email a second time because she knew what the email was going to say but she had to wait until she reached the most traumatic sentences.  Her strongest emotions will probably be felt when she rereads my theory for why the reforms you enact in the upcoming legislative session will be slowly undone when the extra money is taken away.  She will feel like a parent whose child was saved one day and taken away on the next day.  The intensity of emotions she felt when the child was saved only intensified the cruelty she felt when the child was taken away.  This kind of emotional manipulation, when it’s done properly by the news media, can change the behavior of politicians by changing the behavior of voters.  But the voters won’t be able to force their politicians to save as many children as possible if history is allowed to repeat itself because reporters didn’t use a Taxpayers Holiday to communicate like teachers

instead of entertainers.        
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Stanley Krauter
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
stanleykrauter at yahoo dot com
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P.S.  In 2015, the average taxpayer paid 31.2% of his income in federal, state, and local taxes.  So a Taxpayers Holiday could have been scheduled on April 25, 2016 because that Monday was the 116th day of the leap year’s 366 days.  To make it easier for people and businesses to plan for celebrating the holiday, any changes in our taxes or economy would be handled by scheduling each holiday twenty years into the future based on a twenty year moving average from the past.  Consequently the Taxpayers Holiday for 2036 would be based upon the average tax rate for 1996 to 2016.  (And the holidays for 2017 to 2035 could be based on the same rate.)  The holiday for 2037 would be based upon the average tax rate for 1997 to 2017.  And the holiday for 2038 on the average rate for 1998 to 2018.
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