SIMMONS: It’s time to choose helping disaster victims, not politicians

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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

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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