PART. II. A SINGLE TAX
Section. 1. One tax only: 5% on buyer and seller:
The Valentine Constitution replaces income, payroll, property, estate and all other taxes with a single tax of 5% on both the buyer(s) and the seller(s) in every transaction. Everybody pays: religions, non-profits, for profits, businesses, consumers, wholesalers, retailers, middlemen, brokers, stock traders, barterers. No other taxes of any kind will be levied by any government or department. The 5% tax will be immediately deducted from the bank accounts of all buyers and sellers and the tax revenues will be immediately distributed to the government department according to our transparent budget. Apps will track our tax revenues and expenditures, and allow Citizens to rate government and contractor performance.
The nickel and dime tax eliminates corrupting tax subsidies to special interests; saves businesses 10% of revenues now spent on tax compliance; allows more Citizens to buy homes since 25% of the cost of home ownership is property tax which won’t exist; removes the inconvenience, confusion, stress and expense of annual tax compliance and large annual tax bills; allows the time and money saved to be invested in more productive, happier pursuits. This nickel and dime approach to taxation makes our lives easier, saves us time and money, increases productivity and holds government more accountable.
PART. III. Our BUDGET
Our TOTAL national budget is allocated as follows: 22% to interest on our debt; 31% to Medicare and Medicaid (10-15% in the last months of life); 27% to Social Security and 13% to military and veterans costs = 93%, leaving only 2% for schools, 2% for infrastructure, 1% for the environment and 1% for running our government! Just allowing aged sufferers to die would save us 10-15%.
Section. 1. All American governments and departments must maintain annually balanced budgets, AAA credit ratings, and annual trade surpluses:
Saves us 22% of our budget to spend elsewhere.
Section. 3. The general percentage amounts of Our Budget will be approved by the Citizens every 12 years;
Section. 4. Every dollar of tax and its expenditure must be simply accounted for to Our Citizens; departments cannot have overlapping responsibilities:
Section. 6. Anyone receiving monetary assistance from our government must pay it back later when possible:
Unemployment, welfare, food stamps etc must be paid back or worked off later if the borrower is able to, so others can tap that pool of money in their time of need.
Section. 7. “Welfare” monies must be spent only on basic essential goods and services, not on extravagances:
Welfare was not intended to be spent on unhealthy food, candy, alcohol or ballgames! Those struggling to survive will be forced to spend wisely.
SPEAK POWER to POWER
Keeping 90% of our current Constitution, foundations and rights intact, The Valentine Constitution modernizes our unaccountable government to assist rather than restrict citizens.
Women, LGBTs, blacks, anti-tax and anti-deficit groups, environmentalists, 80% of America will get what they want most.
Candidates, nonprofits, foundations, protests and fundraisers have failed for decades to fulfill their missions. If they were going to solve our problems, they would have by now. How much longer will you hope that government or Wall Street or scientists solve your problems when they haven’t yet?
Even if your wish list of candidates were elected, what legislation would they pass? They’re too polarized and stalemated, between and within parties, to pass all the legislation needed to solve our many problems, and how long would it take them? It took Valentine 12,000 hours over 45 years! Unless we dictate play, our problems will never be solved.
Left, right and center voters, nonprofits, causes and celebrities can combine their considerable power to get the word out to dictate to candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected.
The hard work’s been done. All you have to do is say you want it to trigger positive polling and they’ll ratify it to get your vote, then we can finally fix everything.