|Ed (or others), I'm "green" in this arena and seeking to expand my personal understanding toward a more global understanding of moral government financing. Please respond to the additional - but not mutually-exclusive to user fees - options below (first 3 from importanceofphilosophy.com; next 2 from yours truly):|
1) Trust Fund
"Existing governments could create a large trust fund from their current assets. All government land and supplies which are not needed for police, military, or the courts can be sold. The real money, however, comes from selling intangible assets which are currently 'publicly owned'."
"Americans donate billions to charity each year, a cause such as the military for national defense is surely as worthy as any other cause. One aspect to note about this is that individuals will tend to donate more depending on how much they benefit. Bill Gates, for example, has a lot to lose if this country gets overrun by some enemy, so a few million donation for him would be in his interest to help insure his fortune. If individuals feel that the country is inadequately defended and they are at jeopardy, the marginal beneficiaries will donate more."
3) Flat Citizen Fees
"Citizenship could be optional for all residents of a country, with a flat yearly citizenship fee. Citizenship would have such advantages as the right to vote and the right to run for public office. These fees would go to further finance portions of government without specific beneficiaries, such as the costs of unsuccessful criminal prosecutions."
4) Flat 5% Universal Sales Tax (10% to exceed minarchy)
(note: this one is from me and it's counter-intuitive - so please don't hold back on criticizing this one! I could really benefit from someone showing me that this idea - which would solve the "economic" problem of funding government - is, at its root, inherently dishonest or immoral!)
(note: again from me, and I've never seen it formally debunked - though the word on the street is that there is a tenable counter-argument to it. Would somebody please do me the honors and attempt to debunk it right here, right now, in front of my own reasoning mind, please? Thanks!)
Last question: What (besides statist corruption!) prevents us from a 6-mode (user fees + above), 5-10 year, sliding time-scale, implementation of these options? I don't see how any of these excludes any others (remember, I'm "green" here!).
Thanks in advance for any feedback!