Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. I gave a talk tonight at Bluffton University’s Nuefield Hall here in my hometown. It was a “Town Hall” style meeting and the interaction was quite lively. At one point I explained our administration would push for a simplified, one-page tax form (that is, if we continued with the income tax) that would also have an empty pie chart on it. The taxpayer, in turn, would get to divide the pie chart up: designating what % of his/her tax money would go to which program categories: environment, education, military, social programs, etc. “I mean, wouldn’t that be a lot more democratic?” I asked. What’s more, this might inspire more people to spend time researching existing, and proposed, programs in various areas. Which, ultimately, would increase their political awareness, involvement and so on. While the initial response, for the most part, was enthusiastic — there was some hesitancy. A couple students suggested that, for instance, there should be a base of money for each program and then taxpayers could get a say in, for instance, 50% of where their tax dollars go. (Some students were concerned not enough money would go to the environment, programs for the poor, and so on.) Note: President Bush is speaking in nearby Findlay two days from now and an Army helicopter was sweeping the I-75 corridor here, I’m sure looking for potential terrorist sites, etc. While the helicopter was a good two miles off, as we approached the Bluffton exit on I-75 this afternoon in the “average Joe” mobile — decked out in all it’s Old Nave stars and stripes regalia — the helicopter abruptly banked and then flew directly over us. And I’m sure the pilot was probably thinking: ‘What the heck is this…?’ I, in turn, waved.