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roshaan6
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kyleflanagan97
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Citizens of the state should have a right to vote on how tax revenue is allocated in a budget.

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Started: 6/5/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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roshaan6

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Citizens of the state should have a right to vote on how tax revenue is allocated in a budget. The trigger word "Should" implies that there's a practical and moral imperative behind this. The practical imperative is that this very system is possible and can bring about more cohesion by virtue of the fact that people will not be dissatisfied with how their government allocates revenue when they themselves have an opportunity to have input. Secondly, the moral force behind this relates to the fact that the social contract is not a justification for a government to use tax revenue and allocate it how they want. There's a huge percentage of people who do not want their taxes funding education for the poor, for example as Ontario, Canada recently tried to propose free education for those earning less than $50,000, funded by higher taxes. This proposal was offered without any input from the public or consent. It's immoral to take money away from people trying to fund their own offspring's education in order to finance some other child's education, without consent.

Those were just two imperatives behind the trigger word. I'll propose two arguments. Firstly, the essence of a state is such that it's predicated on the legitimacy of its people. By virtue of the fact that you have people entrusting the government with their funds and allowing their funds to be used, a state must use them according to the will of their citizens and not against them. This is predicated on two reasons. Firstly, these very people are the ones who are contributing to economic growth and are working within the economy to earn, so the revenue collected from their effort should not be used to against their whims, one such example is the billions wasted on the Iraq war. Secondly, this links to the first point, when you use funds in a manner that is frowned upon within your state, you can trigger negative reactions from citizens. This can lead to legitimacy of the government being lost and possible negative grievances arising from a state. This very force is one that can drive radicalization if its not addressed. One good example is the dictatorship within Arab states that led to the Arab spring, which further led to radicalization from unexpressed grievances.

Secondly, voting on economic matters also acts as a check and balance on the power that the government officials have and prevents them from having too much control over the state and affairs. Since the world strives for a more democratic atmosphere, democracy is strengthened by the fact that there's a balance of power. Without this, power becomes vested into a certain number of individuals which can shift a democracy into a oligarchy.
kyleflanagan97

Con

Citizens of the state have their input on how a budget is allocated,and it is with their vote for representatives and senators and who they vote for in the presidential election. There is a system of checks and balances already in place that takes place among elected officials and appointed officials. And American's have a say in this process through elections. By asking citizens to vote on a budget you open up a pandora's box moving this country towards textbook democracy where every issue is voted on by the population. This country drafted a republic because it was too difficult to maintain a democracy in such a large and diverse country. Benjamin Franklin once said, "A republic, if you can keep it." It is the job of the country to hold our elected officials responsible for what they do.
Debate Round No. 1
roshaan6

Pro

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kyleflanagan97

Con

By Pro forfeiting I will take that as an admission of defeat.
Debate Round No. 2
roshaan6

Pro

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kyleflanagan97

Con

pro has now forfeited the debate with two forfeited rounds.
Debate Round No. 3
roshaan6

Pro

roshaan6 forfeited this round.
kyleflanagan97

Con

It's sad that such a good debate topic was wasted.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Peepette 8 months ago
Peepette
This is the job of our state representatives. Considering that there are 4,000 line items in the US budget, it would be an impossible logistically to achieve at the voter level on an annual basis.

http://usgovernmentspending.blogspot.com...
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