There’s a lot that is both wrong in the world and good in the world. So how can we use the good things to make the bad things better? Obviously the world’s problems are not going to be fixed by a college senior, but a few ideas can’t hurt. Hunger, disease, poverty, illiteracy are just a few of the things that are wrong in the world, but there may be an idea that might help all of these things at once.
I know that we already complain about taxes and no one wants to pay them. One of the annoying things about taxes are that we don’t necessarily know what is being used with our tax payer dollars, but what if there was a way that we could put our tax dollars into something we actually care about? What I am proposing is that we raise taxes slightly, but instead of the tax going directly to the government, it would be given to the organizations that combat illiteracy, disease, poverty etc. Take sales tax for instance. Sales tax is typically around 8%, but say it was increased to 8.5% or 9%, with the extra .5-1% would be given to a cancer research or something along those lines.
The best thing about this idea is that even though it would be a required tax, you individually would get to choose where you wanted your tax dollars to be given. Say you feel really passionately about fighting illiteracy and you already donate to organizations that promote literacy, but now you know that with every purchase you make, an additional small portion would also be given to that organization. With this idea, the organizations and causes that combat all that is wrong in the world will have more funding, and thus be able to do more and hopefully reach their goal sooner, helping more people and ridding the world of the problem.
- Letter: Shift tax burden to a national sales tax (tcpalm.com)
- Can States Act Impose Sales Tax on Internet Commerce? (pubcit.typepad.com)