Free Museum Initiative - Just like public libraries are free so should museums. If we are not going to charge prisoners for going to prison why should we charge people for going to Art and Historical museums. The concept of the "Free Public Library" has been credited with having a major effect on the literacy in the United States. It is time for the "Free Public Museum" movement to raise the level of esthetics in America. A law shall be swiftly enacted which will prohibit taxpayers from having to "pay twice" (once through taxes and a second time through entry fees) for entry to museums and performances which have received public funding.
The "TV Watching Tax" - With government budgets tight one must look to new ways of raising revenue. A relatively modest $.25 per hour tax on TV watching could raise an estimated 75 billion a year in new revenue. This tax could be economically collected by installing a new "T" chip in all TV's. The "T" chip could automatically send a message to transfer money from the users bank account to the Federal treasury. No complicated tax forms to fill out or complicated loopholes. There could even be added a "violence surcharge" on "violent" programs to help pay victims of crimes.
The "Legal Value Added Tax" - This is a tax on the "value" that lawyers add to paper when they create legal documents. It would be computed by taking legal fees received from a client and subtracting the "cost" of the paper consumed. Experts have said that this tax has a significant "revenue raising" potential and could help to stabilize government revenues.
The "Snailmail Recision Act" - Too many people in cyperspace have been using this disparaging term to refer to mail sent through the United States Postal Service. This term "snailmail" is degenerating to Postal Service employees and needs to be curtailed. Since legal enforcement would be prohibitively expensive we propose to charge $2.50 per month, per use of the word. Bills would be compiled by a WebCrawler type program and collected by the Internet provider servicing each account. It would be up to the domain name owner to allocate costs to individual users of the domain.
The Mary Jane Economic Development Act - This would allow the growing and selling of cannabis in certain economically depressed zones. So as to not unduly encourage the consumption and use of this substance only "growers" will be allowed to sell directly to "end users". Advertising and promotion of cannabis will not be legalized.
The Homestead Act of 1997 - This allows citizens to homestead buildings and land which is owned by the government but which is not being used. Special zoning and building codes will allow "homeless" and other people without property to acquire and build places to live.
New Flat Tax proposal - Dubbed the "Flat Tax for the Middle Class" or "Middle Class Stabilization Act". No taxes for those earning less than $30,000 or more than $100,000 per year. All others pay a "flat" tax based on their "earned" income. Some may call this unfair that only "middle class taxpayers" should carry the burden of paying for the government. But there are some good arguments for this. #1 - "Middle class taxpayers" already pay 80% of government expenses. #2 Studies show that "the rich" pay very little taxes anyway - and in fact are the major beneficiary of government programs like "defense contracts", "farm subsidies", "HUD building programs" and "savings and loan bailouts". Besides this the rich are the most difficult to collect from anyway - many do not even file or hire expensive lawyers to write special bills for them exempting them from taxes - the paper savings alone from not having to print these special bills may result in a net savings for the government. #3 Studies have shown that the middle class are the major environmental problem, consuming the majority of consumer products and creating the largest share of pollution. It has been said that increasing taxes on this group can have a 30% effect on the ozone layer alone. Besides this is the easiest group to tax - they will not riot in the streets nor hire expensive lawyers to sue - all that is needed is a few well positioned Television ads to make them feel comfortable.
The Free Enterprise Amendment to the Constitution - "Congress shall make no law restricting the right of a person to support themselves."
The Artist Redevelopment Act - Provides funds to purchase and renovate buildings in depressed areas for use by artists. It has been shown that habitation by artists is the most cost effective way of restoring depressed areas to economic vitality. The government could perhaps even make a profit on such programs (through land appreciation) and would certainly prove more cost effective and have more long term positive effects than expanding current welfare programs for the poor or increasing government procurement on new military hardware.