I've often thought folks would be a lot more agreeable to government and taxes and such if they had a greater say in what they were funding. An example, suppose your tax form included the following checkboxes: Administrative Operations Welfare Affirmative Action Promotion Infrastructure Domestic Military Support Foreign Military Support Domestic Intelligence Services Foreign Intelligence Services Federal Law Enforcement Election Campaign Finance Any/All (with a small tax break) Obviously the list would be longer and likely worded differently. This is just an example to illustrate the point. I tried to come up with a list that I think most people will see something they would and wouldn't support if allowed to choose. On your tax form, you would tick the box for each sort of program you're willing to support with your taxes (with a slight tax break if you select 'Any/All' allowing the government to allocate your taxes however it sees fit). If you don't want to support drone strikes on civilians, you would not check the Foreign Military Support box, and your tax money would not be used for overseas military operations- including drone strikes. If you felt it was wrong that a minority got hired over you, you could not check the Affirmative Action Promotion box, and your tax money would not be used to incentivize companies to hire in a more diverse manner. If you really hate people smoking marijuana, you could choose to have all of your money go to Federal Law Enforcement. And Etc. This would, of course, allow for the possibility for certain agencies or institutions of the government to be over or under funded (though I suspect there will be enough people choosing the 'tax break' option that it would never be by much) creating (perhaps only a little) incentive for those various agencies or institutions to conduct themselves in a manner more agreeable to The People. What do you think?