by Kahryn Rombach, 2008 MCPP Intern
Do you know where each of your tax dollars go? Residents of a small Northern Michigan town do, and they’re offering to pay more. After the city manager and mayor formed a caucus of fifteen citizens to review the city’s budget and suggest potential cuts, these men and women decided that their dollars were being put to good use and ultimately opted to raise their own taxes. This speaks volumes about the way interaction between citizen and government has changed since America’s founding – it would appear that either the government is now capable of providing the masses what they really want or that laziness has in fact won out and first principals have been abandoned. So when the Founders’ intent and the guiding lights they left are forsaken for easy, blind acceptance of government micromanagement, who can protect the people from themselves?