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Representatives in Congress have
incentive to spend (pork for their district)
but not much to be frugal. If the voters
his district would benifit from his
there might be more of it.
1. A representative would have sole
discression on the spending of tax
revenue for his
district. For spending
instead of a simple yes or no vote, he
would put how much, if any, he wanted
fund that project.
2. Unspent tax revenue would be rebated
to the taxpayers at the end of the fiscal
year. (Proportional to what they paid
3. A bill to force a 'contribution' from
district would require a 3/4 majority to
pass, and would take the same
from each district.
||The "pork" benefits mainly those who contribute to the power of the representative. But taxes, and tax rebates, affect all voters equally. That's why this doesn't work - if "my" pork candidate wins, she'll get me more money than the tax rebates would have gotten me.