February 12, 2013
NY Times: A Tax to Pay for War
Nowthat Congress has discarded the idea that taxes can never be raised, we must change how we pay for the wars we ask our military to fight. We should institute a war tax.
With leading officials calling for action in Syria, and the American military providing support for France’s intervention in Mali, the need for such a tax is urgent. And President Obama’s call for tax reform as the next round of budget negotiations begins offers a perfect opportunity to enact it....
War traditionally has motivated major changes in tax policy. The Civil War brought the first income tax. World War I made the federal income tax permanent. World War II brought tax withholding. In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, the United States ran a budget surplus because of a tax surcharge Congress forced President Lyndon B. Johnson to accept. Today’s budget negotiations offer a similar opportunity to make a surcharge permanent.
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Defense is the primary purpose of government and shouldn't be held hostage to raising taxes before cutting waste. Who's going to tell a soldier that he won't be provided with body armor but that he can have a free cell phone instead?
The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but...a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them. ... The FCC said new verification procedures saved nearly $214 million last year, and projected total savings over the next three years would reach $2 billion.
Posted by: Woody | Feb 12, 2013 9:44:02 AM
We have a War on poverty tax, it's going really well. So is the War on Drugs.
Posted by: Sandy P. | Feb 12, 2013 3:36:31 PM