Over at the blog Calitics, Paul Rosenberg has some “thinking outsides the box” ideas for ways that we can solve California’s budget problems without asking corporations and the wealthy to contribute their fair share of taxes. These really are worth looking at.
Since it is obviously important that the burden of financing the state be kept off of the corporations and wealthy, and instead fall on seniors, students and the sick, Rosenberg lays out several ideas, including:
1) Forcing students to donate blood weekly.
2) Forcing children to work,
However, if we’ve learned anything from the last few years of budget woes, it’s that we need to diversify our sources of revenue. Translated into policy terms this means that instead of relying entirely on children’s blood, we should rely on their sweat and tears as well. In a word: child labor.
3) Using a lottery to choose who we can force to donate organs.
Go read. Paul comes up with some good ideas for how we can increase the burden on our poorest so that the wealthy and corporations continue to be spared from having to pay their fair share.