A Welfare State Libertarians and Fiscal Conservatives Can Get Behind
Why not mandate a citizen-directed redistribution instead of a government-directed redistribution? Give every taxpayer the choice to donate a certain percentage of income or services (say 10%) to a registered and recognized cause. By doing so, that taxpayer meets tax obligations. Doctors, lawyers, construction contractors, and accountants could perform 10% of services pro bono, thereby granting greater access to these crucial services to the poor and downtrodden. Charitable contribution on the whole would rise, as more and more people seek to avoid taxes. Gradually, our welfare state would assume a shape preferred by the people.
Does anyone see any problem with this?