Contemplating Taxes

While I am a taxpayer, it appears perfectly reasonable that my contribution back to society deserves in return my choice on where the money goes.  However, if every taxpayer were to choose where their money goes, can it be assumed that the choices would sum up to benefit the greater good?  Let’s assume that there is a pure democracy where every individual is equal and receives a single vote.  Let’s also assume that the intelligence and number of the population is like that of the current United States.  If I subscribe to the assumption that individuals are selfish by nature, then the largest group of a selfish type will win the biggest rewards.  Since we live in something far removed from a pure democracy, something that is more like a bureaucracy and business influenced by many factors beyond its constituents, an individual is not freely empowered to determine where his contribution goes. 

It appears that empowerment to voice an opinion, or specifically where tax money flows in this case, is not determined by the number of votes and is certainly not free.  Luckily, a very wealthy individual, group of individuals, or a faceless entity like the corporation, can spend money to voice their opinion.  Anyone who benefits from this lobbying, whether by working for a corporation or being part of a union, becomes unwittingly complicit in a scheme that creates a disadvantage for everyone else. 

As an individual who benefits from a system that allows lobbying, and therefore already gives me an unfair advantage, do I have a legitimate moral high ground to criticize where my money flows? 

Is there such a thing as moral high ground?


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