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The subsidy began in the early 1970s, with $1 contributions, and now asks for $3.

The money goes to subsidize presidential and general elections, conventions and, in some cases, primaries.

So let’s strike that box and replace it with one that puts our tax dollars to proper use — disaster relief.

The new box could say: “Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the Federal Disaster Relief Fund?”

Then all we’d have to do is check yes or no.

To be sure, I am no more a fan of government’s sucking coffers than you are.

But I’d rather my $3 go toward rebuilding a schoolhouse in Moore, Okla., or helping Auntie Em rebuild her pig pens and chicken coops in storm-ravaged Kansas than funding political conventions and candidates in 2016.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at