Over the past 10 years, the federal government has spent $38 trillion - $41 trillion if we adjust for inflation

What did that money buy us? To clarify, we don't mean to ask how it was spent. Even with government finances as messy as they are today, that's relatively straightforward to determine. We instead mean to ask: what did that money buy us?

$41 trillion inflation-adjusted dollars went out the door - at the federal level alone - money that is either taxed from our incomes or added to our $19.5 trillion (and counting) national debt. An amount of money that could solve any problem, achieve any goal, push the bounds of impossibility a thousand times over. What did we get in return for that?

It's a serious question that deserves a serious answer. We have collapsing bridges. Decaying roads. Skyrocketing healthcare costs. Toxic water. A prison population that would make a despot blush. Rampant corruption, broken political promises, billionaire tax cheats and 15 years of war.

Do you think this result is worth a $41 trillion pricetag? Neither do we.

We believe that money should have bought us something far better. In saying this, we of course recognize that managing society costs money and taxes fund social functions that we all benefit from. Yet we also believe that American taxpayers deserve a high value for their tax dollar, and in no way does $41 trillion over the past 10 years paint the picture of anything resembling that.

One doesn't need a PhD in economics to see there's something wrong with these circumstances, and the fault of them can be laid squarely at the feet of our corrupted political establishment.

Why else would special interests spend billions of dollars to see their agendas promoted if it didn't involve what amounts to trillions of tax dollars being eventually sent their way? So while publicly funded roads, schools and hospitals get decried as “offering handouts” and “free stuff” to an “entitled public,” special interests get trillions of dollars worth of “free stuff” paid for by our tax bills.

We have a problem with that. Every wasted tax dollar is a dollar not making us healthier, safer, stronger and more educated - every wasted tax dollar is a dollar that's not moving our society forward.

That's wrong, and we seek to change this by enacting mechanisms that transparently demonstrate how government is spending money that can be easily verified by both the media and the public. This is accomplished through several unique policy proposals:

A Government Structured for Efficiency

A Government Structured for Efficiency

We intend to restructure the bureaucratic functions of government through our Government 2.0 model for public service. This model streamlines government services into consolidated functions with minimal overlap, allowing for easier oversight and reduced infighting with unique roles and responsibilities.

This will work to make government more efficient, which affords us opportunities to further interweave transparency and oversight mechanisms within our public institutions.

We don't believe in big or small government - we believe in efficient government that is structured to perform responsibility for the national interest.

Enact a Government Accountability Agency

Enact a Government Accountability Agency

Our core strategy to combat government waste and corruption is the creation of a Government Accountability Agency, which would be a federal law enforcement agency dedicated exclusively to internal affairs.

With a mandate to investigate and root out corruption within government, waste of public funds, violations of our rights and inappropriate uses of secrecy to hide information from the public, it would stand as the shield for our rights and the respect and faith we should have in our public servants.

We seek to hold government accountable for its actions. We are all held responsible for how we conduct ourselves and do our jobs. The same must be true of public service.

Standardize Accounting and Open Books

Standardize Accounting and Open Books

We seek to implement a uniform accounting and expenditure standard for all areas of government. This would ensure that all government agencies have the ability to spend money as they deem fit, but that it can also be tracked easily to verify that it was spent properly, and if not, hold the appropriate parties accountable. If it works for corporate America, it can work for our public functions.

Government finances should never be a mystery. To make them transparent and open to public scrutiny, we aim to create a universal accounting standard that all government agencies must adhere to.

Balance Budgets and Seek Fair Taxes

Balance Budgets and Seek Fair Taxes

Of the trillions of dollars wasted by government, nearly all of it came from taxes on our income. The Alliance Party supports a fair tax code that funds a social safety net and the means to ensure the safety and forward movement of our advanced society, but we believe that taxes must be fair and supportive to businesses small and large.

We also place critical emphasis on fiscal responsibility, and in doing so consider getting out of debt a national priority. At $19.5 trillion and counting, our national debt sends the wrong message to the public and encourages wasteful spending by government. Most importantly, it carries extremely high interest payments. The annual interest payments on our national debt are already $230 billion today, but come 2025 they will exceed $700 billion.

That's hundreds of billions that aren't being used to improve our society, to empower and educate our fellow citizens, to make the world a better place. It's money that goes out the door to bondholders, foreign governments and other private creditors. For this reason, the initial budget the Alliance Party proposes for the short-term future will be based on the principle of raising more money than we spend. This is for two reasons:

The first reason is to pay for the technologies behind Universal Energy that can supercharge our economy for the next American century. The second reason is to pay off our national debt in full over a period of 25 years or less.

The strategy behind our plan to accomplish this goal is detailed within the Alliance Party's budget model, which can be found by navigating here or the links below.

Budget balancing should not mean slashed social services. It means that we live within our financial realities. We propose a budget that invests in social progress, lowers taxes on the middle-class and pays off national debt.

Advance Single-Payer Healthcare

Advance Single-Payer Healthcare

We intend to implement nationwide single-payer healthcare via our proposed National Health Service. By replacing our immensely wasteful public healthcare programs with a single-payer system that's geared for our needs as opposed to the profits of special interests, we can free up large sums of money that can be devoted to making our nation stronger.

The United States is the only country in the developed world without a national healthcare program, and as a result our healthcare costs are twice those of other western nations. We aim to change that.

A Leaner and Meaner Military

A Leaner and Meaner Military

We will stand up to the interests behind the stratospheric waste and unnecessary spending surrounding our global military empire. Former President Eisenhower's warning of the military industrial complex has become today’s nightmarish reality and we intend to transform it by encouraging defense contractors to build beneficial social advancements instead of weapons.

If these companies can accept billions to build a fighter jet, they can accept billions to build next generation infrastructure. By transforming the military industrial complex into an energy and infrastructure industrial complex, we can improve our society while also ensuring America's top engineering firms have a hand in building a new American future.

Military spending in the United States tops $1 trillion every year, sapping money from critical social services. We promote a defense policy that keeps us safe while remaining financially responsible.

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