Hi — First, thanks for the info about how to make sure that you receive a notification of my response.

Second, in a true market the consumer decides whether to spend money at all or keep it in their pocket. Your public market is very different. In it the consumer is required to spend a flat amount of money no matter what. It’s more like having a gift card that you have to use up. That greatly lessens the individual’s level of care what it’s spent on. People are far more irresponsible /less committed in choosing what they buy with a gift card that they MUST spend.

Third, ceding the allocation of tax dollars to special interest groups is not going to produce rational, useful, dependable or predictable long-term budgets. Just the opposite.

The environmentalist activists might allocate all their taxes to the EPA. Will it get more than it needs? Possibly. What other agencies will starve because the EPA is over funded?

Will enough people allocate their money to the FDA or the NIH? Possibly not.

Will agencies or interest groups or industries start marketing campaigns to gain allocations? One way or another, yes they will.

How many needed but under-publicized agencies will die from lack of funding? How many will be over funded this year. But next year, when the “hot” topic changes will things be reversed?

This idea proposes that funding should not be based on budgets, needs, or rational criteria, or rational long-term needs but rather on short-term mass popularity.

This is a theory that would turn over budgeting of the government to the ten or twenty percent of the population with various activist agendas leaving the 80% — 90% of the people who barely have the time to run their own lives at the mercy of the whims of these activists groups and marketing campaigns and “flavors of the year” funding e.g. a celebrity-sponsored campaign to hugely increase the funding for the bureau that is concerned with bees or cats or dolphins.

It’s a theoretical notion that completely ignores how human beings actually run and live their lives in the real world. Working-class people and most middle-class people have neither the time or energy to research the budgeting needs of thousands of federal agencies or even think about them, leastwise actually make those allocations.

They are too busy struggling to just live paycheck to paycheck which doesn’t mean that their access to clean air or public transportation or safe medical services should be left to the fancies of the minority of the society with the leisure time and theoretical interests to make these decisions for them.

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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