Fiscal Responsibility & Transparent Accounting
Over the past 10 years, the federal government has spent $38 trillion - $41 trillion if we adjust for inflation
What did that money buy us? To clarify, we don't mean to ask how it was spent. Even with government finances as messy as they are today, that's relatively straightforward to determine. We instead mean to ask: what did that money buy us?
$41 trillion inflation-adjusted dollars went out the door - at the federal level alone - money that is either taxed from our incomes or added to our $19.5 trillion (and counting) national debt. An amount of money that could solve any problem, achieve any goal, push the bounds of impossibility a thousand times over. What did we get in return for that?
It's a serious question that deserves a serious answer. We have collapsing bridges. Decaying roads. Skyrocketing healthcare costs. Toxic water. A prison population that would make a despot blush. Rampant corruption, broken political promises, billionaire tax cheats and 15 years of war.
Do you think this result is worth a $41 trillion pricetag? Neither do we.
We believe that money should have bought us something far better. In saying this, we of course recognize that managing society costs money and taxes fund social functions that we all benefit from. Yet we also believe that American taxpayers deserve a high value for their tax dollar, and in no way does $41 trillion over the past 10 years paint the picture of anything resembling that.
One doesn't need a PhD in economics to see there's something wrong with these circumstances, and the fault of them can be laid squarely at the feet of our corrupted political establishment.
Why else would special interests spend billions of dollars to see their agendas promoted if it didn't involve what amounts to trillions of tax dollars being eventually sent their way? So while publicly funded roads, schools and hospitals get decried as “offering handouts” and “free stuff” to an “entitled public,” special interests get trillions of dollars worth of “free stuff” paid for by our tax bills.
We have a problem with that. Every wasted tax dollar is a dollar not making us healthier, safer, stronger and more educated - every wasted tax dollar is a dollar that's not moving our society forward.
That's wrong, and we seek to change this by enacting mechanisms that transparently demonstrate how government is spending money that can be easily verified by both the media and the public. This is accomplished through several unique policy proposals: