It's satire (we think).
Alabama's been having some money issues lately. The governor's request for $302 million in additional tax revenue was denied, while the state senate passed a budget that cut $200 million from state agencies and programs such as Medicaid and mental health services. In reponse to these trying times, state senator Paul Sanford set up a GoFundMe page to "Fund the Alabama State Government." The (fake) fundraising goal is set at $300 million, and the campaign's description includes the following:
The State of Alabama is experiencing tight financial times and needs your help. Legislators are debating possible financial solutions but are finding that Raising Taxes are not wanted by the citizens of Alabama. Rather than have the Government come after your hard earned money you can now send an amount that fits your budget, even request where your money be used.
You can determine what functions of Government are a priority to you.
So this was supposed to satirize how, uh, people don't want to pay taxes? Or how people want other people to be taxed but not themselves? Or how people only want to spend taxes on certain things? I'm finding his intentions a little confusing. In reponse to the commenters, Sanford posted:
I do appreciate the comments but please realize this was to prove a point that most people do not want to pay more taxes but are for taxes when the other guy is to be taxed. Also, even the few donations that have been received reflect our ability to budget State functions (earmarked for education a rate of 8 to 2 (education to other govt services). It is easy to get support for education but not so easy for he remaining rolls of Government.
Thanks for clearing things up, Sanford. Just kidding, I'm still really confused.