Tax and spend this!

America needs money, and out of civic duty, I offer this quick fix. I don’t even want credit, except for maybe every American buying one of my four novels, nominated for five Lambda Literary Awards and available wherever books are sold. But I digress. Here’s the deal, America, take it, and we can all party like it’s 1945-1999:

1) Legalize prostitution. The jobs. The businesses created. The associated industries created. The federal income tax revenue. The state tax revenue. The lowering of the street-crime crime rate. The lowering of the jail population. The ability of law enforcement to focus on other, more serious crimes. The list goes on and on.

2) Legalize marijuana. The jobs. The businesses created. The associated industries created. The federal income tax revenue. The state tax revenue. The property tax revenue. The lowering of the street-crime crime rate. The lowering of the jail population. The ability of law enforcement to focus on other, more serious crimes. The list goes on and on.

3) Tax churches. More than ever, America is on its way to living up to the idea that all men are created equal. Now it’s time to live up to another idea that Americans are supposed to have fought and died for: separation of church and state. If Congress shall make no law regarding religion, then how about Congress making no laws about religions being exempt from paying taxes?

If we change our thinking about three things, prostitution, marijuana and churches paying taxes, America could shock the shit out of itself, rise from the ashes of greed and excess, and create a stronger, more financially stable land of the free and home of the employed.

Let’s do it for our country, America, and make America, America the great once again.

  • Another version of this post previously appeared on Randy Boyd’s Blocks.