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The New IRS is a very obvious fix of Representative Democracy. (#SecondGov)

Posted 3 months ago on April 14, 2014, 7:20 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: #SecondGov, #TheNewIRS, #Imagine

Dear Occupy Wall Street,

I'm writing you because I'm hoping you might find this funny, stimulating, obvious, and mostly important.

Some friends and I have built The New IRS. Yes, that IRS. We have been hard at work developing a simulation for a very obvious fix of Representative Democracy:

The ability for each of us to be able to allocate where our tax money goes on our federal income tax forms.

It is a fun and yet profound simulation of a far more complete power to the people. There is nothing partisan about this.

Through very simple participation, we are collecting NATIONAL DATA to be released a few days after TUESDAY - TAX DAY - to reveal any disparities between the will of the people and the actual federal expenditures.

It would mean so very much to me if you would venture to the site and fill it out TODAY or TOMORROW - TAX DAY. (And I promise it is very no-hassle to use).

Even further, if you would care to tweet it or share it through any form of social media, it would be of tremendous help to a very worthy and outrageously obvious cause.

Here are the links:





#thenewirs #imagine

Long live living, breathing things

Much Love,

Alex Ebert

PS - Feel free to share this email with whomever.



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[-] 1 points by kmc239 (1) 3 months ago

@ZenDog sorry you ran into a few issues with reaching 100% using the sliders. We've identified a problem that quite a few have run into, including yourself. Hopeful to have push an update with a fix soon.

Note that you don't have to allocate any funds to net interest. The category is on the 2013 federal tax receipt via whitehouse.gov, which it why it's included in the categories.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13639) from South Burlington, VT 3 months ago

It is an interesting app. I'm sure it was a ton of work, excellent job, very slick and smooth operation - the rollovers look nice and I can even read them.

I'm not certain how meaningful the information will be. I suspect what may stand out to any bureaucrat looking at the data will be the overall number, or percent total allocated.

I stopped adjusting the percentages once they hit 69% of the total. I thought it was a fun number.

IF we go to Wiki and examine current federal spending we see that defense is 18% of the total government budget. I thought it was far more, but anyway. We also see that social security is 23% of the total budget.

Those are the real world numbers based on real world needs and none of us have any means of evaluating viable alternative spending scenarios that do not result in starvation and homelessness for those dependent on current government spending levels.

I adjusted all of my spending priorities to between 3 and 7 percent - and none of my adjustments are based on anything like real world necessity. I simply ranked my percentages based on how important I felt each catagory should be in terms of government spending.

That might prove to be useful information. If anyone in the bureaucracy cares to take the sum of data and crunch it along those lines.

Also of interest is perhaps the fact that I rated net interest spending at zero percent - I'm sure by rearranging our banking processes the federal government can eliminate any prospect of future debt burden.

Overall it was fun and I had a wonderful time adjusting those cute little sliders.


marital status does not include the option single

and the submit button seems a bit glitchy.

ah, I see - tax plan invalid, you must allocate 100%. Ok, repelicans won't like it, not at all. They will insist on voting to reduce government spending. I'll readjust my numbers.


ok, and now my numbers are all topped out except for net interest which I have deliberately chosen to leave at zero, but I can't come up with more than 97% allocation and this will be an invalid submission as soon as I < click >

And here I find that the most important piece of information I could convey using this form is simply not permitted. I cannot chose to allocate zero on net interest and thus indicate that I believe a sweeping overhaul of the foundation of our economic system is necessary.