No Taxation Without Justification

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President Trump
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Would you please examine an idea for changing the balance of power between voters and politicians?
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First, a new paid vacation day must be created, or an old paid vacation day rescheduled, for all government employees.  This new or improved government holiday will always occur on the Monday closest in the calendar to Tax Freedom Day.  Which will make almost every taxpayer madder than an unregulated firecracker.  (see below)  But their anger will make it profitable for the news media to publish a one week series of audits and analyses during the week of the Taxpayers Holiday.  Just like Christmas making it profitable to sell toys, and Thanksgiving making it profitable to sell turkeys, and Labor Day making it profitable to sell gasoline, and the 4th of July making it profitable to sell firecrackers, and Memorial Day making it profitable to sell flowers, and Presidents Day not making anything profitable, and New Years Eve making it profitable to sell alcohol.
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(In 2017, the average taxpayer paid 31% of his income in federal, state, and local taxes.  So a Taxpayers Holiday could have been scheduled on April 23, 2018 because that Monday was the 113th day of the year’s 365 days.  To make it easier for people and businesses to plan for 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.  Consequently the Taxpayers Holiday for 2038 would be based upon the average tax rate for 1998 to 2018.  And the holidays for 2019 to 2037 could be based on the same rate.  The holiday for 2039 would be based upon the average tax rate for 1999 to 2019.  And the holiday for 2040 on the average rate for 2000 to 2020.)
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Second, every state must be forced to reschedule their primary elections for Congress so they occur at least two weeks after the Taxpayers Holiday.  Then the voters should become excited to study federal, state, and local government budgets and baseline budgets every year.  This should make it profitable six months later for the news media to publish a one weekend review of audits and analyses right before people vote in November.  And these biannual reports will provide the perfect quantity and quality of information for children to enjoy discussing with their parents.  Some of whom will become more interested in current events so they can be better role models for their children.  And when the children become teenagers, they will want to participate in these de facto town hall meetings for an entire country via the news media so they can solve the problems of the world that their parents are not solving.  When they are adults, with children of their own, they will have developed the habit of being better informed voters than previous generations.
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Third, every newspaper should use one day of their annual one week review to publish their best divide and conquer journalism.  With this business strategy, 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 newspapers that are not investigating a federal legislator, they can publish a one day report on their respective state Senators.  This will even enable weekly newspapers to participate in reforming our country.)  Then every voter can become an expert voter on one aspect of our government of the people, etc, etc.  Which will be very attractive to either their egos or their sense of patriotism.  Regardless why some people will want to become expert voters, the best way to reform our tax laws is to create large blocs of angry swing voters in the districts and states of the Congressmen and Senators who write our tax laws.   
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(One way to understand how a Taxpayers Holiday and the divide and conquer investigate investigative journalism will work is to compare the political reports to the report cards that teachers send to parents twice a year.  The information that reporters provide is essentially a collection of unpredictable events that are easy for voters to forget and/or ignore because they are so erratic.  But report cards come at regular intervals and most parents anticipate them.  This is what makes them effective.  When I was in high school, almost forty years ago, my father became silently angry for entire semester after I had brought home too many bad report cards.  His silence was an unmis-takable message that I had run out of excuses.  What angered him the most was not my bad grades but my empty promises to improve them.  He knew I could do better.  And he felt insulted by my lies to do better.  Because he knew when my report cards would be sent, his silent anger would always grow stronger right before my grades came out.  And that is how voters will react when they read the biannual audits and analyses on their government of the people, etc, etc.  They are going to feel insulted when their politicians don’t do anything to balance the budget, put Social Security and Medicare on sustainable budgets, eliminate loopholes in the tax code, prosecute rich white collar criminals, repair crumbling infrastructure, provide adequate health care for the indigent, put our water supply on a sustainable path, reduce the achievement gap, make post secondary education affordable, stop polluting the oceans with plastic, break up too big to fail banks, reduce prison overcrowding, regulate Wall Street and rehabilitate Main Street, prohibit gerrymandering,,,    None of these issues are receiving sufficient attention by politicians because their voters are not forcing them to make hard decisions.  And their voters are not doing it because the issues are being repeatedly changed into white noise by reporters who are communicating like entertainers instead of teachers.  The voters need a report card twice a year for their politicians so they can punish them like children.)
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Fourth, every newspaper should republish their annual one week reviews as ebooks or print on demand paperback books.  Then the voters could buy an annual textbook of recent history.  The largest newspapers could maximize their profits by including books reviews for the previous year’s best books.  Reading a book review can make a normal person feel like he is an expert.  And reading fifty or a hundred book reviews for the most important books of the past year will make many people feel like they must become a statesman.  A fantasy they will want to nurture secretly by reading more newspapers.  Medium sized newspapers could maximize the demand for their ebooks or print on demand paperback books by including the prices and addresses for all of the residential real estate sold in the past year.  If the data is presented in an user friendly format, the medium sized newspapers could make enough money to pay for another reporter.  Of course, some local governments may need a little bit of persuasion or coercion to supply the information in the proper format.  Small newspapers could sell more photographic memories by publishing a list of local residents who were arrested in the past year.  Then they could sell more newspapers the rest of year to all of the people wanting to gossip about the latest scandal.   
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Fifth, it will be both cheaper and more effective to reschedule Presidents Day as a Taxpayers Holiday instead of created a new paid vacation day for our hardily working public servants.  A rescheduled Presidents Day should stimulate newspapers to publish an annual one day history lesson during their one week review of events and conditions.  While this may not sound impressive, the one day history lessons will be subconscious reminders to voters that future generations will be reading history lessons about them.  This should make everyone much more serious about their responsibilities as a voter.  As for the morality of rescheduling a holiday meant for honoring our Presidents, I think George Washington would approve of celebrating on a holiday with a three day weekend that is dedicated to fighting for freedom with No Taxation Without Justification.
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Stanley Krauter
1028 H St Apt 207
Lincoln, NE  68508
stanleykrauter at yahoo.com
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P.S.  Unfortunately, persuading reporters that they can communicate more effectively with a Taxpayers Holiday and rescheduled primaries is going to be even more difficult than persuading politicians to line up in a circular firing squad.  Everyone in the news media seems to think that communicating like an entertainer is better than communicating like a teacher.  For example, the voters have done nothing to stop Congress from repeatedly corrupting the federal tax code since the 1986 reforms by Ronald Reagan.  But none of my letters and emails about this failure to communicate by reporters has had any effect.  Even the advertisements I paid for in my local newspaper were ignored by the newspaper’s editorial department.  In my opinion, reporters are behaving like the doctors of the nineteenth century who refused to start washing their hands after being given evidence that they were killing their patients with infections that they were spreading.  So if you decide to promote my idea, please be aware that you may be driven mad by the reporters who refuse to see that they are also responsible for our government being ineffective.  Just like Dr Semmelweis was driven mad.
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