Thank you for the thoughts and feedback, everyone. Grames, actually that (allocating funds by agency) wasn't my idea but one a friend shared. And, you're correct that it cannot and should not be done. I hadn't given it much thought until you pointed that out, but you are 100% correct. Thank you. softwareNerd, thanks for sharing the links. Voting could be cool feature. It could create some interesting data.
Thank you for posting this! Jimmy Wales has become a great inspiration for me recently and when I discovered that he is an Objectivist my eyes lit up. His thoughts shared here really speak to me. I don't know if this is a proper place to solicite feedback but I've been thinking of starting a (non-profit) project that asks for and collects money from private citizens with the sole purpose of funding the government. I want to spread the idea that we don't have to forcibly tax people to raise money to run the country. We live in a time where there are billionaires like Warren Buffett calling for the "wealthy" to be taxed more - my thought is to ask them to do it of their free will. If Warren Buffett wants to pay more in taxes he and his friends can do it here. Other ideas I've heard are to allow people to contribute to a specific state department. Or, ask billionaires to commit to a partial match program (or something similar). I have some ideas and I think there could be some serious challenges but I think its something the world is ready for. I'm very curious what other Objectivists think about this idea? What struggles do you think I'd face? Do you have any ideas to help me along?