Originally posted by sh76
Same difference. The same people who vote for whomever Keith Olbermann or Glenn Beck tell them to vote for would check the boxes that lbermann or Glenn Beck tell them to check.
I think there are a couple of key differences. Firstly, you get to fill in a tax return every year, whereas you only get to vote for the people who now decide taxation every five years in Britain; every two, four or six years in the US. So someone who though Obama's health care plan was a good thing in 2008, and voted for him accordingly, is now powerless to stop his taxes funding it even if he changed his mind during 2009; whereas, under my plan, he could now begin to withhold his taxes from the health care scheme by not ticking the box on his 2010 return.
Secondly, when you vote for a party, you end up getting their whole programme, not all of which you may approve of. Let's say you think that the state should fund education, but that railway and bus transport should be run by private companies. However, you find that the left-of-centre party is going to fund both a state health care system and a public transport network. State health care is your first priority, so you vote for them, but your vote ends up implementing a policy of which you disapprove alongside the other policy that earned them your vote. Under my plan, by contrast, you can use your taxes to fund health care while withholding them from transport. Surely this is more responsive to the priorities of the individual taxpayer.