What if you could specify on your tax forms what you wanted the money spent on? Say, 25% for social security, 25% for education 25% for public transit, fire and police, 20% for scientific research and 5% for the military? What if all the government programs had to persuade taxpayers that they were the best bang-for-the-buck as far as funds went?
Do you think it would work? What do you think would happen?